No education.  Romania has the largest share of people who drop out of school early

The share of early school leavers, a term that refers to those between the ages of 18 and 24 who drop out of school early, has steadily fallen in the EU over the past 10 years, from 13% in 2011 to 10%. in 2021, writes Ziarul Financiar.

In 2021, the Member States with the lowest rates of early school leaving were Croatia (2%), Slovenia, Greece, Ireland (all 3%), Lithuania and the Netherlands (5%).

On the other hand, the highest shares were in Romania (15%), Spain, Italy (both 13%) and Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany (12%).

EU Member States have set a target to reduce early school leaving rates to below 9% in the European Union by 2030. Sixteen Member States have already reached the target for this indicator: Belgium, Czech Republic, Ireland, Greece, France, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden.

Compared to 2011, almost all EU Member States reported a lower share of those leaving the education and training system early in 2021, with the exception of Luxembourg, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland and Germany, which all reported a small increase (below 3 percentage points).

Top five countries with the highest share of early school leavers

In 2021, about 15% of Romanians between the ages of 18 and 24 left the education and training system early.

In Spain, about 13% of people in this age group drop out early.

In Italy, the share of citizens between the ages of 18 and 24 who left the education and training system early was the same as in Spain, at 13%.

In 2021, 12% of Bulgarians between the ages of 18 and 24 had dropped out of school too early.

The share of Hungarians in this age group who dropped out of school was the same as that of Bulgarians, about 12%.

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