When it comes to equity in education, mediocrity, Germany, among the industrial Nations only. This is from a study by the UN children Agency, Unicef. Accordingly, there is a lack in every six students at the age of 15 years in Germany, a lack of adequate reading skills to be able to “effectively and productively” in society.

The lowest educational inequality there is, according to the study, in Latvia. Bulgaria and Malta the rank list at the end. Germany documents 23 and lying in the lower midfield, it said. This does not mean that children in rich countries would automatically the same opportunities to a good education.

the authors of The study with the title of An unfair Start in life studied on the basis of various indicators of the level of education and the educational opportunities in kindergartens and day-care centres and at primary schools and secondary schools in 41 countries. The focus is on the question of the extent to which factors such as the occupational status of the parents, the migration history of the family, the gender, and the different types of schools affect these inequalities.

differences change

The study shows, according to the representation of the UN children’s Fund, that the social-related differences in performance between children can change during the entire training phase. Ireland and Slovenia, about would have access to preschool funding in the bottom third of the countries in comparison. In the secondary they, however, belonged to the countries with the lowest educational differences between children from different social groups. In the Netherlands, the largest opportunities for elementary school children. However, the Land documents is only 26th in the international comparison of reading skills of 15-Year-olds. At the end of the period of compulsory education in Latvia, Ireland and Spain have the lowest inequalities.

The parent’s house proved to be in all countries as an important factor: the less children visited in 16 of the 29 European countries surveyed, children from the poorest families in day care facilities than children from the wealthiest families. In Germany could imagine every fourth person from a educated family, a visit to a secondary school, for the education of the parents houses more distant it is only every seventh – and, at the same level of performance.

another result: In 21 of the 25 countries with high migration achieved by 15-year-old, first-Generation students of immigrant families rates experience weaker performance in school than their peers without migration. In 15 countries, this performance continued, there were differences between immigrant children of the second Generation and their peers without a migration background. In Australia and Canada, however, the course cut off wandering children of the second Generation better than children without a migration background.

The head of the competent Unicef research centre Innocenti in Florence, Priscilla Idele, called on the industrial countries, mainly to support disadvantaged children better. These were the most common. Unicef also calls for to ensure early child development for every child.