Failing to get to university, failing to get a job

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Two stories about 30% today, both – sadly – focussing on failure.

First, from Kazakhstan where EurasiaNet reports that nearly 30% of high (secondary) school leavers failed to pass their final exams. These standardised exams pave the way for entry to university, determining who can go, who gets state funding, and who is going to have to look for another option instead. 

Read the story, (c) Eurasianet, at http://www.eurasianet.org/node/67116.

And then from one cheery bit of news to another: Kyrgyzstan’s 24 news agency. Even if you do get to university in Kyrgyzstan, your prospects of employment post-graduation are pretty slim. According to the government’s Education Minister, only 30% of graduates manage to find employment. It’s not entirely clear whether graduates’ prospects improve longer term, or what the data sources are for this number, but if there is something in this, the government needs to act quickly.  

This story is (c) 24.kg and can be found at http://eng.24.kg/politic/2013/06/14/27274.html.

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