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OECD Education at a Glance 2005

OECD calls for broader access to post-school education and training People are facing growing pressures to go on developing skills and knowledge over their working life-time as job mobility increases and job tasks become more complex, and governments in many countries need to do more to foster education and training at all stages of people’s lives, according to the latest edition of the OECD's annual Education at a Glance.

Education is a gateway to employment, and in almost all OECD countries, educational attainment levels continue to rise. On average, three quarters of people born in the 1970s have gone all the way through secondary school, now the essential baseline qualification for successful entry into the labour market, compared with only half of those born in the 1940s.

More people in OECD countries are also completing university-level education, although the pattern is very uneven with growth in overall numbers of graduates mainly due to increases in a few countries with flexible degree structures.

In addition, the two major destinations for international students have lost ground as a destination country.  See OECD: US and UK market share of international students has dropped for more

Education at a Glance 2005