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The Latvian economy has undergone major changes during transition to a market economy after regaining independence in 1991. The unfavorable world economic situation has caused its growth to fall below potential. The vocational education and training (VET) system has traditionally been school-based. There are 120 VET institutions with a large network of institutions in all but one district. VET reform is aimed at a self-adapting system that corresponds to labor market needs and ensures opportunities for individuals to acquire knowledge and skills according to lifelong needs and interests. Changes in the existing system would include reform of institutions, institutional network, VET program, VET quality assurance, teacher continuing education, and financing; curriculum development; college education; and comparability and transparency of VET. Financing of VET is based on the curriculum, number of students, and language groups. Educational institutions are financed from state and municipal budgets, tuition paid by individuals or enterprises, and international foundations and programs. Most funding for development comes from international assistance projects. (Appendixes include a glossary; list of 23 major organizations; 15-item bibliography; list of 13 in-depth studies; and three charts illustrating new VET enrollees, enrollment of 14-19 year-Olds, and graduates, dropouts, and enrollees at the upper secondary level.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, International Educational Exchange, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Modernization, National Surveys, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Vocational Education

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Autor: Latvian National Observatory, Riga.


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