The European Commission recently presented the 6th edition of its Education and Training Monitor. This key annual publication by the European Commission provides an inventory of education in the European Union. For the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the 2017 report notes an exemplary level of investment and noticeable progress in funding for higher education, as well as a proportion of graduates that is far higher than the European average.
The education system in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
The 2017 report emphasises that, by spending 24,045 euros per pupil, the Grand Duchy invests twice as much in school education as the average across the European Union. Funding for higher education and research even doubled between 2009 and 2016, increasing from 72 to 154.1 million euros.
In terms of education aims, the report shows that the Grand Duchy has already achieved four out of the six objectives set. In the Grand Duchy, the proportion of graduates from higher education (54.6%) is well above the European target of 40%, and is likely to reach the national target of 66% in 2020. The employment rate among young graduates stands at 85.4%, which is above both the target for 2020 (82%) and the EU average (78.2%).
The rate of attendance in pre-school education among 4-year-olds is 96.6%, whereas the average within the EU is 94.8%. With a rate of participation of adults in learning at 16.8%, the Grand Duchy has achieved a level much higher than the EU average (10.8%).
The report also points to three notable areas of weakness. Firstly, the results of pupils in the Grand Duchy in the PISA survey are considerably lower than the average across the European Union in all the subjects included in the survey: maths, science, and reading. Secondly, according to a number of studies carried out in the Grand Duchy, the school drop-out rate is high (13.5% in 2015), and has been rising since 2009. Thirdly, the European Commission deplores the high proportion of children repeating a school year - the highest in the OECD.
Six objectives for measuring performance
The Education and Training Monitor records the progress of member countries in relation to the six key targets to be achieved by 2020:
- raising the proportion of 30 to 34-year-olds with higher education qualifications to 40%;
- achieving an attendance rate of 95% for children in early childhood education and care;
- achieving an employment rate of 82% among recent graduates;
- achieving a participation rate of 15% for adults in learning;
- bringing the proportion of young people dropping out of school below the level of 15%;
- and bringing the proportion of young people leaving school early below the level of 10%.
The aim of the report is to provide the basis for discussion on possible areas for reform in the national education systems. The 2017 Monitor focuses on inequality, whether in regard to school drop-outs or the integration of migrants.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)