In an international comparison, Germany gets good marks for its education system. In the annual report “Education at a Glance”, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) particularly emphasizes German vocational training. The system ensures a high level of employability and will play a key role in the recovery phase after the corona crisis, it is said. Once a year the OECD compares the education systems of the OECD and other countries.
The real strength in Germany is the interaction between school and company learning, said OECD Education Director Andreas Schleicher on Tuesday. According to the report, an average of 46 percent of all upper-grade students in Germany choose a career path.
Education spending reflects the importance of vocational training
Education expenditure in Germany is in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) below the OECD average. According to the report, the Federal Republic of Germany spent 4.2 percent of GDP on it in 2017 (OECD average 4.9). However, the per capita expenditure per training participant was higher than in most other countries: a total of 11,466 euros in each case (OECD average converted to 9518 euros).
Germany also gets positive grades for early childhood education: in Germany, there are five children for every pedagogical specialist who works in this area, compared to seven children on average in the OECD countries. In 2018, 41 percent of one-year-olds in Germany attended facilities such as day nurseries or day care. This puts Germany well above the OECD average of 34 percent. Among the two-year-olds it was as much as 67 percent (21 percentage points above the OECD average).
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