OECD Study Shows Greeks Lag Behind in Skills and Aptitude

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The recent report by the OECD on Greek manpower found that Greek adults lack skills compared to the rest of the world despite the fact that lessons and teaching methods at Greek schools have been harmonized with international standards. Nonetheless, Greece still lags behind in certain areas such as technology, language and mathematics compared to other OECD countries, and falls beneath the member countries average.

The one-year study examined 4,925 people aged from 16 to 65 years. The adults were called to answer questions relative to their academic profile and professional experience. The survey took around 60 minutes with respondents having to respond to comprehension questions relevant to a text they were given, calculate math problems and use a computer so as to gage their aptitude in regards to technology. It was found that the older respondents fared poorly in the category related to technology.

Other data showed:

♦ One in two Greeks older than 55 years of age haven’t finished senior high school. The figure drops to 15 percent for those aged from 25-34 years of age. Despite a decrease in dropouts, the quality indexes are negative.

♦ The percentage of adults who had a low comprehension score was 26.5 percent, whereas the OECD average is at 18.9 percent.

♦ The study found that 17.4 percent of adults had no experience using a computer, whereas the OECD average is 10 percent. In total, 47.9 percent of Greeks performed below average when it came to computer skill, compared to the 42.9 percent average of unskilled computer users of the OECD.

♦ Only 5.6 percent of the adults studied had a high aptitude when it came to solving math problems, compared to the 11.2 percent of OECD average.

♦ One in 20 adults were skilled when it came to comprehension aptitude compared to the 10.6 percent OECD average.

♦ 19.9 percent of adults from 55-65 years of age had tertiary education, whereas 27.4 percent of those aged from 25-34 years had a degree.

♦ Due to the economic crisis, Greece is the only country whose unemployed have the same skills as those who are employed. Greece and Poland are the only countries whose female respondents had better results than male respondents.