SPAIN has recorded the highest number of school drop-outs in the European Union for the third year in a row.

Nearly a quarter of young Spaniards (23.5%) grow tired of the education system and quit before reaching the compulsory age, according to Eurostat.

While this is double the EU’s average rate of 11.9%, it is still Spain’s best result on record and a huge decrease from 2007’s 31%.

The EU is hoping to persuade Spain’s teenagers to stay in school though, targeting a 15% drop-out rate by the end of the decade.

But there is good news too, as Spain has marginally more 30 to 34-year-olds with a university education than the EU average, at 40.7%.

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  1. The average Spanish Drop Out Rate makes sense in these times. WHY would parents want to pay for schooling, students have to work hard to pass and find they CANNOT get a job when graduated? To help meet family expenses, it makes sense for students to drop out, work the Black Economy to survive! Except of course if they come from the elite, aristocratic or poliical class…different situation

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