State spends €10,000 a year on every child’s education

A new OECD study shows that Portugal spends roughly €10,000 per year on the education of each child in the State system. This means that from the moment pupils begin formal education at the age of 6 to the point where they complete the 9th year (which is not the final year of compulsory education), they each ‘cost’ the country around €100,000. Explain reports, this is actually below the OECD average. Many countries’ governments spend considerably more on educating their children. Higher education meantime sees annual costs to the State increase even more, to over €11,500 per pupil.