Bulgarian Students Work Too Little, Too Late (and Will Most Likely Continue to Do So)
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev cautioned Tuesday that Bulgarian youths were the last to enter the labor market (age 22), compared to their European peers (age 20).
He cited the lack of hands-on experience as the main reason for the delay.
Bulgaria's head of state said that it was an alarming, yet common occurrence for 25-year-olds leaving university to lack any actual work experience in the real economy.
While he did not offer much of a solution, asking Bulgarian youths to invent some sort of Bulgarian Facebook to get out of the predicament, the President did not say whose fault it was either.
Plevneliev chose to "underscore" the importance of the so-called "triangle of knowledge" consisting of science, the business sector and the state.
The truth is that all three angles of the triangle are to blame.
"Science", which is Bulgaria's under-reformed educational system, fails to provide modern programs and approaches.
Both school and university discourage creativity and independent self-expression, neglect team work and the development of a range of soft skills and stress theory at the expense of practical experience.
The business sector has little to no communication with universities over internship programs and offers a very small range of part-time job vacancies.
The state does nothing more than to "highlight"," express concern", and cite "alarming statistics" about issues. (The loudness of the outcries depends on the proximity of an election campaign, as does the perseverance in reform efforts.)
Given the situation, Bulgarian youths have two options: a) invent some sort of new Facebook or b) spend their youth haunted by thoughts about how little you're working while studying or how little you're studying while working.
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In Belgium, children between 6 and 12 have spend 14 months more in the classroom than BG children. Enormous difference in education!
The BG habiturientes start to party around May 15th, while the rest of Europe is getting ready for their final exams in June. I've seen these parties; Every year it gets closer to porn events.
And the teachers? What do they do with all these holidays?