Greece struggling to provide quality education, finds a new study

books5Students in Greece are performing under the EU average due to the poor provision of education in the country, reveals a new report.

The European Commission’s “Education and Training Monitor 2016” report found that the Greek government invested 4.4% of GDP into its education system during 2014, whereas the average investment of other European countries was 4.9%.

Greece also has problems with an ageing teacher workforce, members of whom are badly paid in comparison with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) area countries. The report says: “Half of teachers (49%) in primary education are over 50 years old and less than 1% are under 30. In secondary education, 39% are aged 40-49 years.”

The quality of education provision has also been brought into focus by the fact that Greek students are not proficient in reading and maths and scored towards the lower end of the PISA international student rankings in 2014. The 2015 results are to be released on 6th December 2016.

Read more here from Greek Reporter

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