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Posted by portugalpress on October 09, 2018

More than half Portugal’s employers haven’t been to university, or even through high school, while almost as many of the country’s employees have only completed the 9th grade (barely GCSE level in UK).

This is the reality of Portugal in the 21st century that leaves the country, says the director of statistical organisation Pordata, at the tail end of Europe.

Compared to EU averages, we have a lot of catching up to do, Maria João Valente Rosa has told reporters.

Presenting Pordata’s 6th “Portrait of Portugal” in Brussels today she says the time has come to invest in education.

In percentage terms the country is massively trailing EU averages.

We have 54.6% of employers with minimal educational qualifications, while in the EU as a whole the tally is just 16.6%.

When it comes to minimally educated employees, again Portugal has 43.3% which have not gained GCSE equivalence, while the EU registers just 16.7%.

It cannot simply be a question of economics as in countries like Poland only 1% of employers are poorly educated, and in Lithuania only 3.5% of workers have not completed education beyond the 9th grade.

But there are some good results, stresses Rosa. Infant mortality which ran at 89 per 1000 babies in the 60s, is now down to less than 1 per 1000, whereas the EU average is 3.6 per 1000.

This proves advances on a number of levels, particularly medical and social.

Pordata’s latest report is described as a “simple, panoramic vision of the Portuguese reality in relation to other European countries” and is, in Rosa’s words, “the best mirror of the society in which we live”.

Education is an area that has evolved , she stressed, just not enough: “We are not there yet. There is still a long way to go”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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