According to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), graduates from Spanish universities have particularly low basic skills. The report also highlighted graduates from Italy with similarly low skills. The annual report on education, for the first time measured basic skills such as literacy against education attainment. While on average, 24% of people with a degree or a further education qualification attained a high standard – level four or five – on a standard literacy test carried out by the survey, in Italy and Spain, only 12% of graduates reached that level. The ‘Education at a Glance 2014‘ report by the OECD also revealed that more than 25% of young Spaniards aged 15 to 29 are neither in training nor working. “Education can lift people out of poverty and social exclusion, but to do so we need to break the link between social background and educational opportunity,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “The biggest threat to inclusive growth is the risk that social mobility could grind to a halt. Increasing access to education for everyone and continuing to improve people’s skills will be essential to long-term prosperity and a more cohesive society.” Photo credits.