Country lags behind as only 24% complete tertiary education

Barely 24% of Argentines have managed to complete education at tertiary level, the most recent report of the Centro de Estudios de la Educación Argentina (CEA) of the University of Belgrano has revealed, reports Buenos Aires Times.

The study, based on data published by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), shows the country is well below the body’s global average of 41%, occupying 36th place among the 44 nations listed. In Latin America, Argentina lags behind Chile, where 31% of the population in the 25 to 64 age group have a tertiary degree, and Costa Rica (25%), while running ahead of Colombia (22%), Brazil and Mexico (the latter two both with 21% of the population with complete university studies).

“The unemployment for people completing the tertiary level is barely three percent in our country while reaching eight percent for those completing secondary school and nine percent for those who don’t,” assured CEA Director Alieto Guadagni. In the last few years most new jobs have required secondary and tertiary education levels, thus partly explaining the differences in the rates of employment observed, according to the educational level of the workers, Guadagni said.
Full report on the Buenos Aires Times site