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Oecd Highlights Education Inequality

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Oecd Highlights Education Inequality

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed "stark differences" between countries in terms of opportunities for their young people to obtain a higher education.

It is calling for such inequality to be addressed as early in a child's education as possible, and says enrolling children in formal education early has more impact than other factors such as parental support or the cost of tuition fees. It also advises keeping schools mixed in terms of social backgrounds. "Little can be done to remedy poor performance later in school, without compromising the quality of higher education," it says.

The report 'Education at a Glance 2012' finds the OECD countries with the greatest social mobility - the most "young people with poorly-educated parents attaining a tertiary degree" - are Australia, Finland, Ireland and Sweden. However, in Italy, the US, Portugal and Turkey two fifths of those from low educational backgrounds do not complete secondary education, and fewer than a fifth proceed to university.

The report also compares private funding as a percentage of total expenditure on tertiary education. …

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