Unesco warns EU schools are failing

by Silvana Calcagno - 2014.02.03

The European education system is failing according to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, put together by Unesco experts. The report, which monitors the health of education systems all over the world, highlighted two critical issues in Europe. The first is the lack of progress in the quality of teaching. The second, in some ways more serious, is the persistence of deep inequalities in access even to compulsory education. This is all the more serious considering that it involves not just Eastern European countries but more developed Western ones, too. So even in countries such as France, Germany and the UK, 20% of children aren't reaching the minimum standard of literacy. This gloomy picture has serious repercussions, not only social but also economic, seeing as equal access to education, as well as a higher quality of education and an increase in teachers' salaries leads, in the long run, to a GDP increase of 23% in each country.

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