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Concerted efforts are necessary to ensure equal opportunities for all students throughout the education lifecycle, including through more generous and targeted grants for low-income students at vocational and tertiary education levels.
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13.5% of those aged 15-29 are not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Belgium. This is a structural phenomenon with young people without upper secondary education especially at risk: they are six times as likely to be NEET in their late twenties than their university-educated peers.
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Concerted efforts are needed to improve the quality and relevance of skills developed throughout the education and training system – from early childhood all the way through school, vocational and tertiary education to adult learning.
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Brazil’s old-age pensions have reduced old-age poverty below OECD levels, but pension expenditures of 8.2% of GDP are expected to rise rapidly as the population ages. A pension reform is necessary to ensure the financial sustainability of the system.
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Despite the progress observed by PISA over the last decade, Latin American education systems still have a long way to go to reach world class standards. Ibero-American countries will also need to rethink their instructional system to better anticipate the knowledge and skills it will need to reignite its economy.
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PISA results show that Greece is not equipping its young people with the basic skills they need to compete in today’s world economy.
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Israel’s economy is threatened by a series of serious skills shortages arising from a retirement wave among highly-skilled migrants.
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On a number of measures, Brazil’s performance in recent years has been remarkable. But Brazil still has a long way to travel to close the gap with OECD countries and to ensure all students leave school with the skills needed for life and work.
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South Africa has made impressive progress in improving access to education, but persistent inequities and poor education quality lead to low education outcomes.
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Better investment in skills would help Slovenia to realise the potential of advanced technology and give a new impetus to the recently stalled growth in productivity.