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Kurti: Kosovo cannot move forward if education stagnates (media)

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Vetevendosje leader, Albin Kurti, said today that previous Progress Reports had warned about the poor state of the education system in Kosovo. On the day when the European Commission will publish the latest Progress Report on Kosovo, Kurti took to Facebook to write: “It’s been a year and a half since the last Progress Report of the European Commission on Kosovo. Today a new report will be published. One month from now, the EU Summit on the Western Balkans will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Progress Report tell us about the recent past, which we cannot change, but they also tell us about what awaits us if we don’t change (in) the future. The Progress Report from 2016 had warned about poor results in the PISA test. Page 41 said: ‘75% of overall expenses in education were for salaries and increased expenditures in education were used almost completely for salaries increase rather than in improving the quality of education (only 0.2% of expenses went for training of teachers). Public expenses for research and innovation amount to only 0.05% of the GDP, from which only 1/5 went for scientific research and grants. Around 40% of graduates with a professional diploma and 35% of graduates with a university diploma do not possess the skills required by the labor market. We won’t be able to be both uneducated and free. The Republic cannot move forward if education stagnates”.

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