Governments should increase investment in early childhood programmes and maintain reasonable costs for higher education in order to reduce inequality, boost social mobility and improve people’s employment prospects, according to a new OECD report.
The 2012 edition of Education at a Glance enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ educational performance.
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Korea has reduced the share of individuals without upper secondary education while the proportion of tertiary-educated individuals increased rapidly over the past 14 years.
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Brazil boasts one of the largest increases in expenditure on education between 2000 and 2009 among the countries for which data was available.
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Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Japan (Japanese)
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Sweden enjoys an 81.5% employment rate for all levels of education – the second highest rate of all OECD countries after Iceland (Table A7.1b).
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Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Spain (Spanish)
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The high educational attainment level of the Russian population continues to increase. 88% of the adult population have attained at least upper secondary education and 54% have a tertiary qualification.
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Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Portugal
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Since making pre-primary education compulsory in 2009, Mexico has achieved one of the highest enrolment rates of four-year-old children among OECD countries, but high student-teacher ratios pose significant challenges for early childhood education and care.