Minister encourages more students to attend vocational schools

Turkey has to decrease the number of students at universities by strengthening vocational schools, which would also help to supply small and medium-sized enterprises with qualified manpower, the education minister has said, underlining that education should prepare individuals for life and not university entrance tests, writes Serkan Demirtas for Hürriyet Daily News.

“Our main project is to ease the accumulation at the universities by making our vocational schools more attractive. In countries where the number of university students is too excessive, that means there is a problem there. Not everybody has to go to university,” Education Minister Professor Ziya Selcuk told the Hürriyet Daily News on a visit to the Demirören Media Centre on 23 January.

The number of university students exceeded 7.5 million as of 2019, with more than two million high school graduates annually passing university entrance exams in Turkey. A very high proportion of university graduates fail to find a job, adding new figures to Turkey’s already troubled unemployment figures.
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