Language and jobs are key issues in education debate

Since Algeria won its independence in 1962, the country’s higher education system has witnessed significant expansion and development. A panel of academics and policy-makers recently reflected in a webinar on the sector’s progress and the opportunities and challenges ahead on issues of administration, innovation, language and jobs, writes Gilgamesh Nabeel for Al-Fanar Media.

Mounir Khaled Berrah, a professor of engineering at the Ecole Nationale Polytechnique in Algiers, and a former secretary-general of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, noted that two-thirds of Algeria’s higher education students are in humanities and social sciences disciplines, and one-third are in science, technology, and medical sciences. But the question of which language they are taught in is a matter of academic and political debate.

Mohamed Miliani, a professor of English at the University of Oran 2, brought up other issues facing higher education, including outdated teaching content, traditional evaluating techniques, and a system that produces too many graduates who cannot find jobs.
Full report on the Al-Fanar Media site