The Vocational School Fallacy Revised - Technical Secondary Schoold in Egypt

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dc.contributor.author ANTONINIS, Manos
dc.date.accessioned 2003-11-24T17:35:47Z
dc.date.available 2003-11-24T17:35:47Z
dc.date.created 2001
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/1731
dc.description.abstract Egypt based its development aspirations, more than most countries in Africa and Asia, upon the expansion of an extensive system of technical schools. This policy was directly linked to the Nasser experiment of centrally planned industrialisation. However, despite the gradually increasing role of private sector participation in the economy over the past 25 years, in both its formal and informal versions, no effort was made to adjust the system to the needs of these employers. Similarly, despite the dwindling role of manufacturing and the fall in investment, no effort was made to limit the expansion of the system to a size that would guarantee the absorption of graduates by industry. Instead, enrolments increased at a faster pace throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. This paper documents the growth of technical education in Egypt and argues that the particular pattern followed had little to do with a rational planning exercise and was not focused on how to provide young people with workplace relevant skills. Instead it was related to haphazard efforts that would divert students aspiring for higher education. Today technical secondary school graduates are the group of the population hit most by the inadequacies of the education system, as attested by their high unemployment rates.
dc.description.sponsorship Product of workshop No. 5 at the 1st MRM 2000
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dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSC
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2001/22
dc.relation.ispartofseries Mediterranean Programme
dc.title The Vocational School Fallacy Revised - Technical Secondary Schoold in Egypt en
dc.type Working Paper
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