Increasing the percentage of early school leaving is one of the main problems of the European Union and especially of Romania. But firstly, what the early school leaving is? The answer is simple: an indicator that includes the young people from 18 to 24 years with no more than lower secondary school (8 grades). According to the Eurostat the EU28 percent of early school leaving is 10,7%, close to the assumed target for 2020 – 10%.
In many countries the percent is bigger than the EU average and far to the assumed target for 2020. Also that is the situation for Romania the early school leaving being 18,5%. In the same situation are Malta (19,7%), Spain (19%) or Portugal (14%). The early school leaving is one of the causes of poverty and social non-integration, ultimately having serious consequences for the European common market.
Is this a priority for the EU institutions?
We asked this in the public meeting with the President of the European Parliament, political groups leaders and students from Bucharest in November last year. The answer was affirmative, but we want proofs.
The European Union needs a concrete and unitary strategy for ensuring and equitable access to a no cost and fees quality education for every child.