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An "educational catastrophe"?

Children from the famous Rütli school in Berlin-Neukölln
Children from the famous Rütli school in Berlin-Neukölln

41 percent of young (age 25-35) foreigners – compared to 15 percent of German nationals – do not acquire any qualifications beyond basic mandatory education,.[15]   

Only 8.5 percent of German Turkish pupils receive their Abitur (a high school diploma, which qualifies one to attend university), compared to 35 percent of German nationals.[16]  

In Berlin some 13,000 pupils obtained the Abitur in 2005. Among these, only 183 were Turks.[17]  

Among Turks aged 20-26 only one quarter are still in some form of education or training (see table 1). Only 37 percent are employed.[18]  

The total number of Turkish students in German universities has increased to 27,000. (table 2)

Table 1: Professional education, 20-25 years old (2006)[19]

44 percent of Germans

42 percent of persons with migration background

27 percent of persons with Turkish migration background

 

Table 2: Students enrolled in German universities[20]

1993/94

2004/2005

2007/2008

 

18,000 German-Turkish students

24,000 German-Turkish students

27,000 German-Turkish students

   

(15,000 Turkish citzens, 12,000 former Turkish citizens)

 


[15] Stefan Luft, p. 291.

[17] Berlin Deutsch-Tuerkisch, p. 43.

[18] Stefan Luft, p. 298.

[19] Federal Ministry of Education and research, Education Survey 2008, p. 37

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