2- Education


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Students with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages

Did you know?
Most OECD countries provide additional resources to help students with disabilities and learning difficulties and those from disadvantaged families.
It appears that 50% more boys than girls receive help of this kind because of learning disabilities, and over twice as many boys as girls receive help because of learning difficulties – although statistics are available for only about half of all OECD countries.

Students performance

Did you know?
OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) assesses student knowledge and skills in mathematics, reading, and science at age 15.
In general, girls outperform boys in reading by a wide margin while boys outperform girls, by lesser margins, in mathematics and, even less in science.

Tertiary education

Did you know?
On average 33% of women aged 25 to 34 have tertiary education compared with 28% for men of the same age in OECD countries.
Even in the poorest parts of the world more than 60% of young girls usually attend primary school. In sub-Sahara Africa and in the Indian Sub-Continent only 3-4% of young women receive tertiary education.

University graduates by field of study

Did you know?
For all OECD countries taken together, health and welfare subjects are the most popular for women with humanities, arts and education a close second. For male graduates, subjects related to engineering, manufacturing and construction come first – just ahead of mathematics and computer science.
About an equal number of men and women opt for life sciences, physical sciences and agriculture and for social sciences, business studies and law.

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