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%.