Thursday, July 26, 2012
In 2000, during the Reform Era after Sueharto, the Ministry of Education took a good look at unemployment and decided to increase its support of vocational training. Now, out of 3200 senior high schools, over half of them are vocational schools in over 170 different subject areas. Since that time, more students are graduating from vocational schools than from "regular" high schools. In these schools they learn their math, science, language and other core subjects (including religion) and then take classes that prepare them in their career field. All students participate in a internship in their 12th grade.
I think the attitude here towards vocational education is much more open something that we need to adopt in America if we truly want to lower unemployment statistics.