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Canada has Highest Post-Secondary Graduation of all OECD Nations

9 SEP 2014
Career Path : Education News

After an OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) report on global education, it was discovered that more Canadians have a post-secondary education than any other OECD nation, including the U.K., U.S., Australia, Japan and France. Canada has already been known to spend almost twice as much than the average OECD country on education per student, and the devotion to education has proven to be effectual.

One of the main factors setting Canada apart from the rest of the countries was the aid given to public school students from low-income families. Tackling barriers to higher education at their root causes is how the country has made sure that post-secondary attendance stays above average. The community college system is another education infrastructure which has allowed adults to get an education in fewer years and with less debt than university. Approximately 24% of Canadian adults have gotten an education at community college.

The report showed Canada is also excelling in other areas of education. Since 2002 there has been a 5% increase in international students, and Canada spends $23,266 per year to educate a single post-secondary student, both above the OECD average. The question is, is it really a good thing that Canada is spending more on sending students to school? What is making Canadian education more expensive than other countries–specifically Nordic countries which offer free post-secondary education?

Source: The Star