Italians among the least educated in Europe, says report
Education spending-to-GDP at 4.2%, against 5.3% in EU11 February, 15:23
Also in Italy, more than two million people aged 15-29, or 23.9% of the population, are neither working or studying, and 17.6% of students aged 18-24 dropped out before obtaining a high school diploma (against an EU average of 12.8%), with a peak of 21.1% in the south.
Italy also has the fourth-highest European percentage, or 43.1%, of people aged 25-64 with just a high school education, preceded only by Portugal, Malta and Spain, and against an EU-27 average of 25.8%.
The Bel Paese lags in terms of its education spending-to-GDP ratio too. Italy's is 4.2%, against an EU-27 average of 5.3%, the Istat report said.
Among foreign residents aged 15-64, the Istat data showed that 49.8% completed junior high school (against 44.1% of Italians), 40.5% graduated from high school (against 41.7% of locals) and 9.7% have a university degree (against 14.3% of the indigenous population).
While foreign and Italian women have similar educational levels, more foreign men completed junior high school than their Italian counterparts (54.5% against 45.5%). The reverse is true for university graduates (6.8% of foreign men against 12.6% of Italian men).