Thursday, March 23, 2006

Educational outlook poor in Serbia

BELGRADE -- Thursday - In comparison to the rest of Europe, the smallest number of young people are enrolled in university in Serbia.

In Serbia, only ten per cent of students go on to higher education and countries in transition, which were once behind Serbia, have averages of 20 per cent or higher. Experts are warning that this is the last sign for the Serbian Government to complete a new strategy for higher learning.

In Germany, 40 per cent of students continue their education after middle school, in England and France, 50 per cent of students go on to university as do 55 per cent of students in the US. Education experts say that educated societies progress faster because the society ends up being more creative generally. The statistics in Serbia point to a large percentage of unused potential.

Lacking higher education in the community also leads to an inadequate cultural matrix and the perpetuation of stereotypes. This also has an effect on industrial development and has political consequences as well. The main reasons for the small number of students continuing their education are tied to the lack of political development and metropolisation. Serbia also lacks adequate services in higher education. The strategic goal is to get the percentage up to 20 per cent in Serbia as well over the next series of years. Serbia also suffers from having obsolete university programs which prepare students for jobs and positions which have already been rendered obsolete in a modern society. B92


Anonymous said...

Metropolisation!!! Does that mean Serbs have become "too cool for school"?

Balkan Update said...

Yeah I was puzzled by it too. I am not sure what they mean by it. Metropolisation does not mean education- so this is a wrong way about fixing this problem. I am really curios to know why so few Serbs do not go to higher education. My guess is that because there is no prospect of finding a job once out of school. But on other side there is no prospect for jobs in Kosovo either but the Universities are being flooded with students every year.
I think this merits a little bit more research to come to any kind of conclusion.