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Ireland fourth most educated

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:46am

Aislinn O’Connor

Irish people are among the most educated in the world. This is according to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) report. Around 58 per cent of all Irish young people between the ages of 25 and 34 have earned a third level qualification.

The OCED, a worldwide international study who compile statistics on various nations, ranked Ireland fourth in the world behind Korea, the Russian Federation and Canada.

The OCED Education at a Glance Report stated that those with a Bachelors Degree earned, on average, of 81 per cent more than those without.

However, even though Ireland have an enrollment rate of 93 per cent in secondary school, Ireland is at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to money spent on education. Ireland spend an average on 1.2 per cent of GDP on secondary school education and this is behind the world average of two per cent.

The report also stated that Irish class sizes are larger than the world average. The average class size in Ireland is currently 25 per class, while the OCED average is 21 per class.

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