As UN figures show out-of-school rates unchanged since 2012, researchers say goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met for generations

The effort to get more children into school is grinding to a halt as the numbers are stagnating, according to a new report that warns of grave consequences for world poverty.

Unesco’s figures, released this week, estimate that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if everyone completed secondary school. But the researchers said that it is unlikely this target will be met for generations as out-of-school rates remain stubbornly consistent.

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