Inefficient Education Systems

The average Latin American young person does not have the minimum capabilities needed to solve basic real life problems.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The following extracts are from a summary of the book "Disconnected: Skills, Education and Employment in Latin America":

".. The transition from school to work for the youth of today is more difficult than for their counterparts a few decades ago. The skills acquired in high school are less valued by employers, as is evidenced by the significant decline in the overall premium paid to workers vis a vis those with lower levels of education. "

"The figures show that while the region has been closing the gap in access to education compared to developed economies, there remains alarming differences regarding the quality of it, measured by international test results, and mastery of basic knowledge. To this is added the disparity that seems to exist between the skills that schools are teaching today, and what is actually demanded from the labor market into which young people enter directly from high school. "

We need to "analyze the effectiveness of the education system in regard to training young people so that they can be introduced successfully into the changing world of work, and provide them with the skills required to do well in their careers and in their lives. Although there is a wide range of possible interventions to mitigate these problems, this book aims to understand the role that schools do and could play in this process. "

"... Latin America has generally a very marked delay compared to OECD countries in terms of the quality of education being provided to children and adolescents in terms of knowledge skills. To this is added the fact that in the path from education to workplace taken by young people it is not only these skills that count but also socio-emotional ones. "



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