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The defeat of Argentina in the Qatar World Cup It was a bucket of cold water. Not even the most pessimistic fan imagined that result in the debut. But it’s football, and next Saturday, against Mexico, the National Team will have the chance to turn the page and renew the illusion. Taking advantage of the World Cup fever throughout the country, the Observatory of Argentines for Education analyzed the performance in education of the countries that play the World Cup, and announced the results.

Saudi Arabiatoday’s executioner, is the country in Group C that has the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (8%). In Argentina the percentage is 5%. Saudi Arabia also has the lowest percentage of school-age children who do not attend the level that corresponds to them (2% in primary, 1% in lower secondary and 4% in upper secondary). In our country, the values ​​are 1%, 3% and 18%, respectively.

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Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, Poland has the highest proportion of students passing the minimum achievements (96%). In Argentina the values ​​are 60% and 75%, respectively.

The spokesmen explained that this report was made from International data from UNESCO and the World Bank. “Ten indicators were selected to expose the educational situation of each participating country in the group stage matches of the Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup,” said Argentinos for Education.

Education report: the variables analyzed

The variables considered were:

  • percentage of children of primary school age who do not attend;
  • percentage of children of age to attend the first cycle of secondary school who do not attend;
  • percentage of children of upper secondary school age who do not attend;
  • Percentage of students exceeding the minimum performance level on standardized tests in Mathematics and Language by the end of junior high school;
  • gross enrollment ratio in tertiary education;
  • proportion of people older than 25 years with completed tertiary;
  • proportion of public spending on education in relation to GDP;
  • years of compulsory schooling guaranteed by the State;
  • years of schooling attained by those over 25 years of age.

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Of the 32 participating teams South Korea is the world champion in learning Mathematicsfollowed by Japan. Canada, Denmark and Poland share the podium in the World Cup of Learning Language.

If the competition depended on how many students finish high school, South Korea would once again be the champion, trailed by Canada and Croatia. In several of the indicators, Argentina is located in an intermediate area of ​​the table. These are the results in the rest of the World Cup groups.

Group A (Qatar, Ecuador, the Netherlands and Senegal)

The Netherlands is the country with the lowest percentage of school-age children who do not attend the level that corresponds to them (0% in primary, 3% in the first cycle of secondary and 0% in the upper secondary cycle). Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, the Netherlands also has the highest proportion of students above the minimum performance (95% and 92%, respectively). In terms of investment, Senegal is the country with the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (6%).

Group B (England, Iran, USA and Wales)

England and Wales are the countries with the lowest percentage of school-age children who do not attend the level that corresponds to them (1% in primary, 0% in the first cycle of secondary and 4% in the upper secondary cycle). Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, England and Wales also have the highest proportion of students with good performance (95% and 93%, respectively). In terms of investment, England, Wales and the United States show the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (6%).

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Group D (Denmark, Tunisia, France and Australia)

The four countries have less than 2% of school-age children who do not attend primary school. In the case of the first cycle of secondary school, the best ranked are Denmark and France with 1%, and in the case of the second cycle of secondary school, the one with the highest proportion of young people outside the system is Australia with 3%. Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, Denmark has the highest proportion of students with good performance (96% and 96%, respectively).

Group E (Germany, Japan, Spain and Costa Rica)

All four have less than 3% of children who do not attend primary school. While Spain is the country with the lowest proportion of children who do not attend the first cycle of secondary school (0%), Japan is ranked better in terms of attendance in the second cycle (1% does not attend). In standardized tests, Japan has the highest proportion of students with good performance in both Mathematics and Language (97% and 95%, respectively). Costa Rica has the lowest percentages in the group (72% and 87%, respectively). In terms of investment, the latter country shows the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (7%).

Group F (Morocco, Croatia, Belgium and Canada)

Morocco is the country with the highest percentage of children who do not attend primary school (11%) and the first cycle of secondary school (27%). Those rates in Canada are 0%, and in Belgium 1%. In Croatia, 2% and 1% respectively. In Morocco, only 41% of children pass the standardized tests of Mathematics in the first cycle of secondary school, while in Croatia 89% pass, in Belgium 93% and in Canada 95%. Regarding investment, Morocco and Belgium allocate 7% of GDP to education, Croatia 6%, and Canada 5%.

Group G (Switzerland, Cameroon, Brazil and Serbia)

Regarding access, Switzerland, Brazil and Serbia have less than 2% of school-age children who do not attend primary or lower secondary school. Brazil is the country with the most young people who do not attend the second cycle of secondary school (12%). Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, Switzerland is the only country with good performance in more than 90 percent of young people (95% and 91%, respectively). In terms of investment, Brazil and Serbia show the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (6%).

Group H (Uruguay, South Korea, Portugal and Ghana)

Portugal is the best ranked country of the four in terms of access to education, with less than 2% of children and young people outside the system at the three levels analyzed. Regarding the results in standardized tests, both in Mathematics and in Language, South Korea is the country with the best results of the 32 participating in the World Cup (99% of young people reach satisfactory levels). Regarding investment, Uruguay, South Korea and Portugal show the highest public spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product (6%).

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