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OECD: Mexico First in High School Dropouts Between 15 and 18 Years Old

Laura Poy Solano - La Jornada
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July 2, 2013

Mexico ranked first in high school dropouts aged 15 to 18 and last in expected graduation of university students pursuing bachelor’s degrees; it also ranked third in minors who neither study nor work, with 7,337,520. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) called these conditions “dramatic” and “brutal” due to a “failed system.”

At the launch of “Education at a Glance 2013,” the international organization warned that Mexican youth spend more time as “neets,” study fewer years and work more. And the most educated suffer serious unemployment, because here “low education is rewarded in the jobs market.”

In a video conference transmitted from Paris, France, the OECD’s cabinet director, Gabriela Ramos, assured that in no other country was there “so brutal a failure” in the system, where 40% of youth don’t make the transition from secondary to tertiary education, and from there “it is less and less,” until only 12% of Mexicans in their twenties are still studying, a percentage that falls to 4% among those in their thirties.

Read the rest at Mexico Voices

Translated by Kevin Chao

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