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The costs of low achieving students: 2,8 trillion

The Bertelsmann-Stiftung reports on a study which was conducted by Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann. It’s main findings: About 20% of adolescent students in Germany are weak in reading and in mathematics.

With weak basic skills these youth will not be able to fully contribute to Germany’s economic development; worse, many may have to rely  on state subsidizes and other forms of financial assistance.

Thus, it is calculated that the German state stands to loses 2,8 Trillion Euro within the next 20 years as a consequence of young adults unprepared for the demands of high-skilled labor markets (a figure, which is hard to be understood even by good achievers: 2 800 000 000 000)


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