Zapatero's plan to boost Spanish college population
19 September 2005, MADRID — Spanish premier José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said education is to get a "starring role" in next year's budget.
19 September 2005
MADRID — Spanish premier José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said education is to get a "starring role" in next year's budget.
His announcement came as he announced funding for 300,000 more primary school places and 40,000 more higher education scholarships.
Zapatero said public education needed more public spending because the biggest challenge for the Spanish education system was to get more children to complete higher education and professional training.
It comes as figures from the European Union showed only 40 percent of Spanish university graduates find a job in the field for which they qualified.
The Eurydice study found Spain lagged ten points behind the European average.
A high employment rate in many European countries like Spain, where the jobless rate is 10 percent, forces many graduates to accept jobs which have no connection with their degrees.
To achieve its aims, Zapatero said the government wants to work on three fronts.
These will be to introduce more educational equality, improve training and teaching and the make the system more efficient.
It will invest in 600 primary and secondary education centres and will also extend this programme to 1,200 colleges.
This should allow 40,000 more children to take advantage of a scholarship to college.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news