(Greece) – According to the OECD, or the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Greek adults lag behind when it comes to aptitude and skills, a fact that could have a negative impact on the Greek economy. The OECD found when they polled the current workforce that Greek adults lack vital skills when compared to the world. Recently, the Greek education system had been overhauled to meet international standards, but despite that, Greeks still lag behind. Areas of concern include technology, language, and mathematics. The study surveyed the workforce of other OECD member countries, such as Germany, France, Italy and the United States, and Greece’s numbers fall well below the average.
The study, which analyzed information from around 5000 adults between the ages of 16 ad 25, took about one year to complete. The participants were asked questions that related to their professional backgrounds. This survey too about an hour to complete and the questions were both comprehensive and relevant to their fields. In addition, they were asked questions that were designed to gauge how comfortable they were with general technological concepts.
In general, the members of the survey who were a little older didn’t score as well as the younger generations and were especially bad at answering the technological questions. For instance, 50% of Greeks older than 55 years old never finished high school. Contrast that with the fact that 15% of Greeks between the ages of 25 and 34 never finished high school. Greeks also had a low comprehension score of 26.5%, which was much higher than the average low comprehension score across the OECD, which is at 18.9%. Another thing the study found was that 17.4 % of Greek adults studied didn’t have experience with computers. Across the OECD, the average is 10%. However, 47.9% of Greeks scored below average concerning computer skills, compared with the OECD average of 42.9%. The study didn’t speculate what caused this education gap.