The degree of qualification of the German population has recently increased further

lessons in a school

lessons in a school

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The level of qualification of the German population has increased significantly in recent years.

The level of qualification of the German population has increased significantly in recent years. This is one of the results of the new national education report for the federal and state governments presented in Berlin on Thursday. According to this, in 2020 around 26 percent or around a quarter of the people in this country had a higher professional or academic degree. In 2010, the proportion was five percentage points lower.

According to the education report, only 1.5 percent of the under-20s have no qualifications. According to this, however, there is still a relatively constant proportion of adults without a professional qualification or without a university entrance qualification. This connection is particularly high among people with a migration background.

The education report is prepared every two years by experts on behalf of the federal and state governments in order to provide an overview of the developments and the state of the education system. All areas from day-care centers to the school and university system to adult education are scientifically examined. It is about an empirical database that will help with political control and serve as a basis for educational policy debates.

Overall, the number of people taking advantage of educational opportunities increased by four percent or around 600,000 between 2010 and 2020. According to the report, this was caused by a temporarily higher birth rate, immigration from abroad and a general trend towards lifelong learning. At the same time, the number of educational institutions increased by four percent or around 4,000, especially in day-care centers and universities.

In 2021, the proportion of three to six-year-olds cared for in day-care centers was around 92 percent, and 34 percent for under-threes. The range of all-day schools has been massively expanded in recent years. In the 2005/2006 school year only 28 percent of all schools had an all-day offer, in the 2020/2021 school year it was already 71 percent.

At the same time, the report assumes that demand will continue to rise in the coming years and that more than 500,000 additional places in all-day schools will be needed, particularly in the western German states. These and other developments are also leading to a growing need for skilled workers in the education sector. According to the report, by 2025 there will be just over a hundred thousand. With the implementation of the legal entitlement to all-day care by 2030, there will be up to almost 66,000 more.

AFP