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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

12.11.2020Press release: 174/2020

EU education report shows current developments on the way to European education goals

Today, Thursday, the EU Commission published the report “Monitor for General and Vocational Education” (Education and Training Monitor). Every year, it reports on the progress of the 27 EU member states in achieving common educational goals in the field of general and vocational education (Education and Training 2020 / “ET2020”). An important educational goal concerns the employment rate of young graduates. Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “Our youngsters are fit for the job market. This certificate is issued to us by the ‘Monitor for General and Vocational Education 2020’ of the EU Commission. Because the report impressively shows that the transition from education to the labor market is particularly successful for young people in Germany in a European comparison. Around 93 percent of 20 to 34-year-olds in Germany who left school or university in the last three years are employed. With almost eleven percentage points, we have significantly exceeded the target quota of 82 percent set by the EU Commission by 2020. This is an important point because the crisis shows how urgently we need well-trained people. The task now is to build on the strength of the German education system so that we can maintain our top position after the crisis. The EU education report also focuses on digitization. Digital education plays a special role, especially in this year of the corona pandemic with the temporary school closings – even if the report tells us ‘pre-corona numbers’. The results show that around a third of young people in Germany (33.2 percent) only have basic knowledge of dealing with digital media. Only a very small proportion of young people (1.9 percent) achieved the top performance here. That is worrying. With these results we are still just above the EU mean values. But mediocrity must not be our claim. Our children deserve a good education and they deserve a good digital education. Only well-trained young people will be able to ensure that prosperity is maintained in our state in the future. The federal government supports the states in digital education as far as possible. The digital infrastructure for digital learning has been improved in the past few months, particularly thanks to the funds made available by the federal government in the DigitalPact School. We also want to drive the digitization of education systems forward in Europe. That is why we have placed digital education at the center of the German EU Council Presidency. With better digital education, we create better educational opportunities for everyone across Europe. ”Background: The“ Monitor for General and Vocational Education ”is published annually by the EU Commission. It shows the developments in the EU Member States towards the achievement of the educational objectives of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (“ET 2020”). The report comprises a country comparison (Vol. I) and 27 detailed country reports (Vol. II). Within the framework of ET 2020 there are currently six European targets that are to be achieved by 2020. These targets are European averages and each Member State should make the best possible contribution to achieving them on the basis of national priorities. The goals include: By 2020, the proportion of early school leavers should be reduced to less than 10 percent. This group includes 18- to 24-year-olds who have not completed upper secondary education ((technical) higher education entrance qualification or vocational qualification or level 3 in the international classification of educational qualifications ISCED) and no longer participate in general and vocational training measures take part. At 10.3 percent in 2019, Germany is just above the target of ten percent. A total of 19 of the 27 EU member states have already achieved the target, and by 2020 at least 40 percent of 30 to 34-year-olds should have a tertiary education. This group includes people in the specified age group who have successfully completed an academic or vocational course at ISCED levels 5 to 8 (academic (technical) university degree or higher-level vocational training, e.g. foremen, technicians). At 35.5 percent in 2019, Germany is below the target of 40 percent. A total of 17 of the 27 EU Member States have already reached the target, and by 2020 at least 95 percent of children between the ages of 4 and the start of compulsory schooling are to be in education. With 96 percent in 2018, Germany was above the target of 95 percent and, like 14 other EU member states, achieved the target. By 2020, the proportion of 15-year-olds with poor performance in the fields of reading, mathematics and science should be below 15 percent lie. The data basis for this target is the PISA survey 2018. With 20.7 percent (reading), 21.1 percent (math) and 19.6 percent (natural sciences), Germany is above the target value of 15 percent. Only Estonia, Finland and Poland have achieved the EU target values ​​in all three domains. By 2020 at least 82 percent of graduates from upper secondary to tertiary education who do not take part in any other school or vocational training measure should be in employment. The indicator relates to the 20 to 34 year olds who obtained an ISCED level 3 to 8 degree (at least a (technical) higher education entrance qualification or vocational training) less than three years ago. With 92.7 percent in 2019, Germany is above the target value of 82 percent and, like 17 other EU member states, has achieved the target value. By 2020, an average of at least 15 percent of adults in the 25- to 64-year-old age group should be formal or participate in non-formal learning activities. At 8.2 percent in 2019, Germany is below the target of 15 percent. A total of 7 EU member states have achieved the target value so far. The evaluations of the digital skills of eighth graders are based on the ICILS survey (International Computer and Information Literacy Study) from 2018. According to this, around a third of young people in Germany (33, 2 percent) have very low computer and information-related skills (“underachievers”, skill levels I and II). The average value of the EU member states participating in the study for these competence levels is 38.2 percent. The proportion of high-performing young people (competence level V) in Germany is 1.9 percent. The average value of the EU member states participating in the study is 1.5 percent for this competence level.


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