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Survey: 84% of students in Riga schools ready to pay for education

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More than 4/5 or 84% of respondents aged from 14 to 18 years admit that they are ready to pay for their further education, indicates survey which was carried out in comprehensive and professional schools of Riga.

The survey reveals that the main criterion determining students’ will to study in a particular educational establishment is study programs which can be acquired there. It is important for 68% of respondents, however, 18% of respondents think that the most important factor is reputation of an educational establishment, but 8% of students are of opinion that the most important factor is location.

According to respondents – what motivates the most to study hard is hope for good work in the future; this was noted by 94% of respondents. At the same time, 86% are motivated by wish to acquire knowledge, improve personal skills, and prepare for enrollment in higher level educational establishment, 61% think that a good motivation is opportunity to receive good school results.

The main criterion when choosing a profession, according to students, is person’s interests, this was noted by 63% of respondents, and only 15% of students think that the prevailing factor when choosing a profession is its popularity, but 11% of respondents think that when choosing a profession, one which ensures sufficient wages should be preferred.

It is interesting that only 51% of students have admitted that their current study program corresponds to the desired future profession, but the rest 49% are sure that the current study program will not come in useful in their professional carrier. In the same time majority or 89% of respondents think that professional carrier depends on knowledge and skills acquired in the educational establishment.

According to data of the survey, students would like to have a paid work already starting from age of 19. 57% of students aged from 14 to 18 years have already decided in what kind of profession they would like to work in the future.

When analyzing most effective ways to prepare for a particular profession, most students or 42% think that the best way is to graduate secondary school and then university. 1/3 or 31% of students admit that a good way is to acquire professional secondary education in a professional educational establishment; however, 11% of respondents think that the best way to study is secondary school and after that – courses of a particular profession, this was supported by 19% of respondent

«The fact that on average at age of 16 most students have decided in which profession they would like to work is very promising, as it is evident that earlier understanding of interests and abilities is one of the most important preconditions to make a successful carrier,» thinks Olga Dementjeva, director of the International Commercial Professional and Comprehensive Secondary School.

At the same time she points at the fact that nearly half of students are of opinion that the current school program will not come in useful in their future profession. «We should think about closer cooperation between study program developers and those working in particular professions, as well as teachers’ communication with students – they should explain how comprehensive education subjects influence general progress of an individual,» says Dementjeva.

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