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Survey: youngsters believe education system does not prepare for work

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAlthough 40% of residents have not noticed changes to the quality of education, youngsters under 24 (26%) more often believe the education quality continues improving bit by bit, according to data from Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer.

In spite of the fact that 46% of youngsters still believe that education system does not prepare for work in chosen professions. Because of that, graduates have to increase their qualification to find work.

Looking at education system’s provided opportunity to prepare specialists for the labour market, residents aged 35 to 63 (42%) most often believe Latvia’s education system does not react to the topical demand on the labour market. Youngsters are more positive about the education system – 46% say increasing qualification is necessary to start working in the chosen profession.19% of youngsters also say more often that representatives of other age groups that the education system prepares specialists in demand.

A look at residents’ views on the quality of education in Latvia’s regions reveals that opinions of respondents generally differ. Although after leaving school the majority of youngsters search for opportunities to continue studies in the capital, 38% of Riga residents believe education quality has declined in the past several years. Residents of Latgale (30%) are convinced of the opposite – they believe education quality has gone up.

As for things that could improve the quality of Latvia’s education, residents of Riga (36%) and Latgale (36%) believe it should walk hand in hand with the times and perform changes to contents of education programmes accordingly.

Residents of Vidzeme believe more state funding should be allocated to higher education programmes for change to come (43%). Also according to Vidzeme residents, it is important to ensure that knowledge taught in school can be used in practice. This is why they suggest allowing students to undergo practice in Latvian companies more often (41%). Residents of Zemgale (36%) are more in favour of the opinion that the education system needs stricter requirements for teachers and their qualification.

30% of respondents believe environmental science in Latvia has potential. This opinion is voiced most often by residents of Zemgale (40%) and Vidzeme (34%).

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