Educational Reform in Europe Urgently Needed to Tackle Youth Unemployment, Says Leading Economist
VADUZ, Liechtenstein, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Education systems designed to keep young people in the classroom as long as possible
is a contributing factor to Europe’s record youth unemployment levels, according to World
Review [http://www.worldreview.info ] author and economist Professor Enrico Colombatto
from the University of Turin, Italy.
Youth unemployment in many European countries is at a record high, he says. And
although the current economic situation is a major causative factor, current education
systems are also largely to blame.
‘The theory is that the more time youngsters spend in a classroom, the more
knowledgeable, creative, motivated and skilled they become,’ says Professor Colombatto.
‘But labour markets, which demand motivation from workers, often put on-the-job technical
training higher than classroom teaching and see mobility as a must.’
‘The size of the problem is evident,’ he says. ‘Youth unemployment in southern Europe
ranges from 42.5 per cent in Portugal, 40.5 per cent in Italy to 62.5 per cent in Greece.’
Although recession seems to be bottoming out, growth is close to zero and the response
of the political class is often to ask for more public spending and print more money, he
‘These measures may create illusions and populist consensus, but they hardly represent
long-term solutions, and nobody pays much attention to the education system.’
‘Education should deliver what the students need and the job market wants rather than
keeping young people in the classroom and offering guaranteed jobs to teachers.’
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About the author
World Review [http://www.worldreview.info ] author Professor Enrico Colombatto is a
professor of economics at the University of Turin, Italy. He is also Director of the
International Centre for Economic Research (ICER) in Turin and Prague and Director of
Research, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales (IREF) in Paris.
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