April 5, 2023, 15:44

Vocational education reform is important for Ukraine’s post-war recovery — Serhii Babak

Vocational education reform is relevant, because professionals are required for the country’s post-war recovery.

Serhii Babak, Chair of Verkhovna Rada’s Education, Science, and Innovations Committee, made this statement at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.  

“One of the key elements, which we are counting on, which we have an agreement on with the Ministry of Education and Science, is the vocational education reform. This is very important for Ukraine in terms of the post-war recovery. We will need professionals who will rebuild our country. This is why this reform is relevant. Our committee has prepared major legislative changes. We are waiting for the finalization of these documents by the new leadership of the Ministry of Education and Science. And we hope to launch this reform together,” — he said.

In addition, he noted that the number of students in higher education institutions and the number of students receiving vocational training should meet the demands of the economy.

“If we have an economic structure that requires 70-75% of people with professional training and about 25-30% with higher education, then approximately the same number of people should study in the respective educational institutions, and not the other way around. It’s the opposite now. Two-thirds of children study in higher education institutions and less than one-third in vocational education training institutions. Because of this, we have a large number of unemployed people with higher education.”

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