The cost of education in Europe
At a time when the international economies are plunged deep into global recession, the issue of quality in education and the acquisition of specialized qualifications is being proposed as a main asset of protection against unemployment and job precariousness, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). "Despite strained public budgets, governments must keep up their investment to maintain quality in education, especially for those most at risk," stresses the report by the Secretary-General of the Organization, Angel Gurría.
Despite the aforementioned inducements, according to the most recent data in relation to the state of education and training in in Europe, a significant number of European countries choose the underfunding of education, in comparison to other public sectors, namely Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and Estonia, whose annual educational expenses amount to less than the average figure set by the OECD. In contrast, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Denmark and Austria have become the leading countries in Europe for investment in education, while others emphasize on different levels of the education system.