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OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2005

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This survey of Belgium's economy takes a comprehensive look at the country's most pressing economic problem: population ageing.  After looking at the economic and budget consequences of ageing, the report examines a number of responses including putting public finances on a sustainable path, constraining health expenditure growth, increasing the employment rate, enhancing the economic impact of migration, raising achievement in secondary education, and increasing productivity growth.

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Raising Achievement in Secondary Education

This chapter discusses ways of improving poor secondary education achievement and reducing drop-out rates, especially in the French Community where sorting into schools along socio-economic lines, excessive grade repetition and early streaming lead to poor educational prospects for students, especially in technical and vocational branches. The authorities are trying to increase the quality and attractiveness of these branches and to refocus school curricula on core skills. There is a need to use the education budget more efficiently by reallocating means to...

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