The percentage of the population aged 18-24 with only lower secondary education or less and no longer in education or training:(Note: This is a pragmatic definition for EU benchmark purposes; a full dictionary definition would not specify this age-range, and a more general definition would be: Those who left school without completing secondary education, or experienced a lack of success at the end of upper secondary school, that is, left without qualifications. ‘Second chance education’ (q.v.) is intended for people meeting this description.)
Temporary or permanent withdrawal from an education or training programme before its completion. (Note: In English this word can also refer to a person who has failed to complete a course. This usage is often derogative.)
Syllabus defining the essential subjects and skills; generally taken to include literacy, numeracy, ICT and modern foreign languages. What is deemed essential varies between countries.
Similar to ‘basic skills’ or literacy and numeracy, but suggesting a primary focus on education, and a broad curriculum rather than literacy and numeracy as skills.