Spanish youth worst in class for school dropouts

Young Spaniards have the highest school dropout rate in the whole of the EU, according to new figures published by the official European statistics body Eurostat.

Spanish youth worst in class for school dropouts

The report, which looked at the student dropout rate in all member states, found that Spain was the worst in the class with 24.9% of pupils quitting school prematurely in 2012.

Malta and Portugal were the next worst offenders with a 22.6 percent and 20.8 percent leave school without completing their studies.

In Spain the school leaving age is set at 16, with students having the choice to stay on until 18 to study for the "Bachillerato".

Eurostat's research, which was published on Thursday, highlighted that boys were 24 percent more likely than girls to cut short their studies in all member states.

Although the number of young Spanish leaving the classroom fell by 1,6 percent compared to 2011 figures, Rajoy's government will still struggle to reach the 15 percent dropout rate they plan to achieve by 2020.
Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia came top of the class after recording  the lowest levels in the EU for school dropouts.

Another recent study by Spanish recruiting agency Asemepleo found that nearly 33 percent fewer young people are now actively seeking work than when the crisis hit in the third quarter of 2007 and other figures, published in Spanish media on Monday show more and more students are also going abroad to study.

Spain’s crippling crisis has seen the number of Spanish youths (aged between 15 and 29) who do not hold a job or a place on a study or training course increase.

Known in Spain as ‘ninis’, meaning ‘neither-nor’, the European Union has officially dubbed them as NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

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Spain issues warning as child hand sanitizer poisoning cases spike

The number of children treated in Spain for accidental poisonings after ingesting hand sanitising gels has soared during the pandemic, the government said Wednesday, urging parents to keep the products out of reach.

Spain issues warning as child hand sanitizer poisoning cases spike
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There have been 874 reported cases of intoxications from hand sanitising gels so far this year, compared to just 90 during all of 2019, the National Toxicological and Forensic Sciences Institute, a unit of the justice ministry, said in a statement.   

Two-thirds of the cases involved children, especially those under the age of two. The vast majority swallowed the hand-sanitiser although some became intoxicated after getting the product in their eyes or inhaling it.


No fatalities have been reported and over 80 percent the poisoning victims recovered “in a short time”, the institute said.   

The most common symptoms were, vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, blurred vision and red eyes.

In a video message posted on Twitter, Justice Minister Juan Carlos Campo called the figures “alarming” and urged parents to “keep hand-sanitising gels out of reach of children and insist that its use to disinfect hands always be supervised by an adult”.

Como ministro de Justicia, pero también como padre, me preocupan los datos de intoxicaciones por gel hidroalcohólico en niños que ha difundido hoy el @INTCFjusticia. Mantengamos estos productos fuera del alcance de los más pequeños. Protejámonos, protejámosles.

— Juan Carlos Campo (@Jccampm) October 14, 2020

As in other European countries, used of hand-sanitising gels has soared in Spain to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The country has become of the pandemic's hotspots in the European Union, with close to 910,000 registered cases and over 33,000 deaths.

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