Saturday 24 February 2018

We have more graduates than the rest of EU

IRELAND has more third-level graduates than its fellow EU members, a new report has shown.

The European Commission report shows we are on track to reach many of the Europe 2020 education targets.

From 2009 to 2012, Ireland reduced the number of early school-leavers from 11.6pc to 9.7pc. The figures are below the EU average of 12.7pc last year.

The report also shows more than half of the Irish population has completed third-level education, well above the EU average of 35.7pc and above the Europe 2020 target of 40pc.

However, Ireland did not perform well in languages, with only one in 10 secondary students studying two or more languages compared with six out of 10 across Europe.

Irish Independent

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