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Israel 2nd-most educated of OECD member states: report

(Xinhua)

14:54, September 13, 2012

JERUSALEM, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israel has the second-highest percentage of 25 to 64-year-old people attending higher education among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member states, according to a just-released report.

The report, "Education at a Glance 2012" released at the start of the school year, revealed that Canada led the list with 51 percent of the same demographic graduating from an institution of higher education.

Japan trailed Israel at 45 percent, and the United States at 42 percent, according to the report, quoted by the Ma'ariv daily.

50 percent of Israeli women have academic degrees, trailing Canada's 56 percent; both are far above average, vis a vis the OECD country average of 32 percent.

Israel joined Finland, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom with an over 90 percent secondary education graduation rate, according to Israel National News.

However, on the negative side of the equation, Israel was noted as having the fourth highest number of pupils per classroom, 28 in grade school and 30 in high school.

While Israel falls below the member state average in investment in education, per student - the United States, for example, spends more than 2.5 times as much per student - Israeli investment came out above average, when viewed from the standpoint of overall government budgeting.

Meanwhile, numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics say that the Education Ministry provides support for just a third of school dropouts - some eight percent of students in each grade, according to the Haaretz daily.

The Ministry's Youth Advancement Units, which aid students who have left school, reported 10,232 dropouts in the 2011-2012 school year, down from 28,176 in the previous year, according to internal figures.

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