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EU states fail education benchmarks

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‘Please don’t close our school!’ It has become common to see Europeans petitioning against the effects of education funding cuts. Now Brussels has spoken out, saying it is vital that EU members redouble their efforts. It is not in the power of the EU institutions to direct education.

A report released by the EU’s education commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, said various countries have failed to meet goals set for 2010, such as reducing early school-leaving and boosting graduation and adult learning.

The bloc whose leaders a decade ago pledged to make Europe the world’s leading knowledge-based economy still has one out of five 15-year-olds who can not read properly.

The United States and Japan still boast notably higher university enrolment than in the EU as a whole.

New joint education and training benchmarks are being set for 2020.