By David R. PhillipsEditorThe European Union has been accused of overpaying its schools for decades, but the latest round of reports reveals a pattern of mismanagement.
A recent report by a group of international education and trade experts found that European schools are spending far more than their European peers on administrators, textbooks and other supplies than other European countries, while in many cases, they are being shortchanged by billions of euros.
The European Commission is due to present a report this month that will detail the extent of the problem and how to fix it.
In response to the report, European education ministers have said they will look into the issue and that they will not allow European schools to be “freed from their responsibility.”
But for the last six months, a group calling itself the European Alliance for Education and Training has been circulating an online petition calling for the EU to abolish the system.
The group says that it is the “first and only group of professionals in the world who have been working for the improvement of education in the EU.”
The petition is part of a wider campaign calling for an overhaul of the EU education system and has gathered nearly 3 million signatures, according to the website.
The petition, which has been endorsed by a wide range of experts, also says that the system is a “disaster for Europe.”
The group argues that “the EU is being dragged down by its own failure to deliver a comprehensive education system” and that it must reform the way the system works.
It says the EU is “in a race against time” to overhaul the education system to save money.
In a statement, the European Union said it is “deeply committed” to the education sector, but “we need to make a fundamental change.”
The EU has been working with the United Nations to overhaul education systems in many European countries since the late 1990s, and in the past decade the EU has invested more than $20 billion in education and training, according the European Commission.