Turkey ranks first in youth calling it quits on education, training early on

Turkish youth ranked first in leaving education and training early, with triple the amount of the country’s young population throwing in the towel compared to their European counterparts, according to a European Commission study.

The Eurostat study showed that a total of 31 percent of Turkish citizens aged 18 to 24 left education and training early, compared to the European average of 10.6 percent.

Iceland followed Turkey in second place, with 21.5 percent of its population aged 18 to 24 leaving education early.

In nearly all EU member states, a higher proportion of young men left education early than young women. The trend was reversed for Turkey, with 30.4 percent of young men and 31.6 percent of young women leaving education and training.

Romania followed Turkey in young women leaving education with 16.1 percent.

The EU average for early leavers who had employment was at 4.9 percent, while the figure shot to 14.7 for Turkey. Out of the 14.7 percent, 7.7 were young women, placing Turkey third behind Malta and Iceland.

In Turkey, 16.3 percent were not employed with 11.9 percent not wanting to work. The EU average was 5.6 and 2.2 percent respectively in the same categories. 

The figures rose to 20.8 percent for Turkey’s female 18 to 24 year olds who do not want to work, placing Turkey first among 28 European countries again, while female citizens who want to work remained at 3.2 percent, placing Turkey fourth after Italy, Spain and Hungary.