Germany has recorded a school dropout rate of more than twelve percent for the year 2023, making it the fourth highest rate in the European Union. This data comes from Eurostat, the European statistics authority. Romania had the highest rate of school dropouts at 15.6 percent, followed by Spain at 13.9 percent and Hungary at 12.4 percent. Despite an improvement of 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous year, Germany’s dropout rate remains high in comparison to other EU countries.
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The EU-wide average school dropout rate improved from 10.5 to 9.6 percent from 2018 to 2023. In 2018, Germany had a better rate than the EU average at 10.3 percent, but this changed in 2019 when it dropped below the EU average.
These statistics highlight a concerning trend of declining educational attainment among young people in Europe and underscore the need for targeted interventions to address this issue head-on.