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A pupil receives his first school leaving certificate after successfully completing his training at a general school . The school leaving certificate is part of the so-called authorization system, whereby the issuing institution enables the further school or professional career. That is why successfully completing school plays such an important role in a person's life.

School leaving qualifications in Germany

There are four possible school-leaving qualifications in Germany:

  1. Abitur (general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification )
  2. Technical college entrance qualification (general or subject-specific technical college entrance qualification)
  3. Middle school leaving certificate (secondary school leaving certificate and comparable school leaving certificates)
  4. Secondary school leaving certificate and qualifying secondary school leaving certificate

(Sorting according to the relevance and quality of the qualifications)

Germany's population in 2014 according to the highest school leaving certificate

In 2014, the population of the Federal Republic of Germany was distributed among the highest school-leaving qualifications as follows:

Highest school degree Share of the population (in%)
Still in school education 3.7
Secondary school leaving certificate 33.8
Graduated from polytechnic high school 6.9
Realschule or equivalent qualification 22.7
Technical college or university entrance qualification 28.8
Without specifying the type of degree 0.2
Without a general school leaving certificate 3.6

School leavers in Germany without a secondary school leaving certificate

In the year of the 2010 graduation, 53,100 pupils finished their school career without a secondary school leaving certificate. This meant that 7% of a year did not succeed in obtaining at least one secondary school certificate. The proportion is above average in all eastern German federal states. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, for example, 14% of a year group left school without a secondary school leaving certificate, in Saxony-Anhalt 13%.

School qualifications in Austria

In the Austrian education system, the following qualifications apply:

School qualifications in Switzerland

Population of Switzerland in 2011 after the highest level of education

In 2011, the age group of 25 to 64-year-olds in the resident population in Switzerland was distributed among the highest educational qualifications achieved in each case as follows:

Highest school degree Men (in%) Women (in%)
No post-compulsory training 11.5 17.5
Upper secondary level: vocational training 40.8 43.6
Upper secondary level: general education 6.2 10.0
higher vocational education 13.9 7.3
University 27.6 21.7

See also

Web links

Wiktionary: School leaving certificate  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Statistical Office: [1]
  2. Federal Statistical Office: Schools at a glance - Brochure - Edition 2012 (page 34)
  3. Federal Statistical Office (Switzerland): Archived copy ( memento of the original from September 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /