Israelis are among the highest educated in the developed world, but the country still lags behind with regards to gender equality in education, according to an OECD report released Tuesday.
Education at a Glance 2015 indicated that 49 percent of Israelis have attained higher education degrees, well above the OECD average of 34% and the second highest rate of all member countries. In addition, 85% of the population ages 25-64 has completed upper secondary education, above the average of 76%.
Despite these figures, however, the report found that the gender gap in higher education is pronounced in Israel with 53% of women between the ages of 25-64 achieving higher education degrees and just 44% of men, compared with the OECD average of 35% and 32%, respectively.
The findings further indicated that for all levels of education, women in Israel earn less than men with the same level of education – 72% of earnings compared with the OECD average of 80%. Furthermore, women with tertiary degrees earn just 63% of men with the same level of education – 10% less than the OECD average.
In contrast, the findings indicated that the earnings gap between older and younger tertiary-educated workers was one of the smallest – 8% compared to the OECD average of 36%.
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