Upper secondary education

In countries within the OECD (Organisation for Economic CO-operation and Development, was founded in 1948 to help reconstruct Europe after the second world war with the help from Marshall plan. It is today a organ for collaboration with 34 member countries, OECD is a forum to exchange ideas and experiences and a collaboration to compare statistics and analysis within all areas that can affect the economy and it´s development.) the demands on knowledge has increased, a lot more people therefor chose to get a secondary education (high school) to have a better chance to get in to the labour market. In Sweden 86% of the people between the age of 25-64 have at least a secondary education, witch is a considerably higher number than the rest of the OECD members whose average is 73%.

Here is a chart over the % of people between 25-64 that have a upper secondary education.


Within the hole OECD the demands of knowledge has increased and a lot more therefor chose to finish there secondary education. In order to get in to the labour market it is most of the times necessary to be able to shove some kind of evidence or a diploma from at least your secondary education. This gets more clear if you fore example compare the share of the population with a secondary education in the age 25-34 and the share with secondary education in the age 45-54. A clear trend is that if a big share of the population has a secondary education the difference between the younger and the older group of the population with a secondary education is not that big. But in countries with a lower share of population with a secondary education the younger people in a larger scale have the education in comparison with the older share. Some of the countries were this development has been especially high is Korea, Portugal and Ireland. In these countries the difference between the young share and the old share with a secondary education is more than 20%.

Source: http://www.ekonomifakta.se/sv/Fakta/Utbildning-och-forskning/Utbildningsniva/Gymnasieutbildade/


4 thoughts on “Upper secondary education

  1. Education is important in one’s future especially for career. I don’t know about other countries’ educational system, but in Korea, education is free only till middle school, we have to pay tuition fee from high school. Actually, the percentage of going to secondary school of Korea was low than I expected compared to 80 percentage of college entrance rate. I think the rate of entrance to Secondary school will be increased as it’s easier to get a job.

  2. Very interested me a chart in this article. I am surprised that a country like Portugal and Spain have such a small percentage of secondary education in their populations. I appreciate that my country – Poland was placed on high 5 items. In these times of secondary education is not the norm. The basis of the CV is to have a university degree, and the best in science. Employers are more interested candidates than for the study and with secondary education.

  3. Nowadays education is the most important factor for the future career. It is very surprising that there is a lot of countries with so low percentage of people who have a upper secondary education. Maybe it is caused by obligatory fees for study but now investment in knowledge is the best investment in future. But this chart present data for people between 25 and 64 and I thing that between younger people this ratio is higher because they are more aware of importance of knowledge.


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