Germany recorded a school dropout rate of more than twelve percent in 2022, making it the fourth highest in the European Union. This data was revealed by Eurostat, the European statistics authority. Romania had the highest rate of school dropouts at 15.6%, followed by Spain at 13.9% and Hungary at 12.4%. While Germany’s dropout rate improved by 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous year, it still remains high in comparison to other EU countries.
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Meanwhile, Europe-wide average school dropout rates improved from 10.5% to 9.6% between 2018 and 2022. In 2018, Germany had a better rate than the EU average at 10.3%, but this changed in 2019. The figures for 2023 were not yet available at the time of this report.
Overall, these developments highlight the need for continued efforts to improve education and healthcare access in both Germany and across Europe.