An open, liberal economy combined with redistribution and social welfare: The Danish model has largely weathered the storm of the financial and euro crises. Yet, when looking at education and integration, not all is rosy in the Kingdom of Denmark.
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Denmark continues to be the OECD country that invests the greatest share of its wealth in education. As in 2010, in 2011 Denmark was the OECD country that spent the largest share of its wealth on education with a total expenditure on educational institutions of 7.9% of its GDP
Surveys suggest that Denmark ranks close to or slightly above the OECD average in terms of student and adult skills, even though Denmark spends more than many OECD countries on education, labour market policies and adult learning. Sluggish productivity growth over the past two decades raises the question of how to develop better skills and use them more efficiently to achieve stronger and more inclusive growth.
Two rounds of the Survey of Adult Skills are under way: Round 1 (2008-13) with 24 participating countries, whose results were released in October 2013, and Round 2 (2012-16) with 9 participating countries, whose results will be released in 2016. A third round is scheduled to begin in May 2014.
Denmark should build on the strengths of its vocational and educational training programme to ensure that young people enter the labour market with the skills companies need and to meet the national goal of having 60% of young people enter higher education by 2020, according to a new OECD report.
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Denmark holds high ambitions to improve student outcomes and deserves credit for gaining broad agreement from all major stakeholders in efforts to stimulate an assessment and evaluation culture in compulsory education.