Michael Gardner. Only every fifth young German attains a higher education level than his or her parents, according to the OECD. In its annual Education at a Glance report, the OECD calls for a further expansion of the country’s higher education system.
Education at a Glance compares education in the 34 OECD member states and selected other countries.
On an OECD scale, only every tenth younger person does not achieve the education level of his or her parents, while more than every third younger person overtakes them. On average, 37% perform better than their parents, and just 13% fall below them.
In Germany, the OECD maintains, 22% of 25- to 34-year-olds have a lower education qualification than their parents, leaving Germany far behind many of the OECD member states. Only Slovakia and Estonia have poorer results in the study.