Greivin Salazar, an economist from Observatorio de la Coyuntura Económica y Social de la Universidad Nacional (UNA), made an analysis on the latest developments on employment issues, and came to the conclusion that the new economy requires several changes in education:
1 Ensuring the allocation of the constitutionally-established resources for education (8% of the GDP).
2 Ensuring 100% of students fully manage a second language after finishing high school.
3 Universalizing educational computer programs, with a clear instrumental orientation, as well as access to broadband Internet.
4 Including modules on business services and entrepreneurship in the programs of study, because the country can’t settle for forming “employees”.
5 Reorienting technical education (Professional Technical Colleges, INA, among others) to the labor this new economy needs.
6 Strengthening initiatives designed to combat educational dropout rates and make the teaching-learning process more attractive, which incidentally would help address the growing problem of “Ninis”, young people who neither study nor work.