C.A. Karmas. 2006. | ISBN: 960-341-068-3


Τhis study focuses on young Greeks, who complete their nine years of compulsory education and do not continue their studies in universities or in higher education institutes of technology (TEI). Its main concern is to answer the following question: “How well, the educational system, which has been established in the 1980s and developed since then, has responded to the needs of Greek youth in finding productive employment?”. The answer is given in the context of three objectives: (a) Investigation of opportunities of vocational education in senior high schools and in vocational schools of all types after 1976. (b) Investigation of opportunities of vocational education at the Centers of Liberal Studies (KES) and the Institutes of Vocational Training (IEK). And (c) criticism of the developments in this particular educational space ( i.e. secondary and post-secondary non-university level areas ) in view of the need to bring the country at a vocational education scheme and, in general, at a secondary level scheme, substantially different from all schemes of the recent past.

The study presents in a simplified manner the theory of human capital and its implications on spending for education, outlines the entire educational system (formal and informal); estimates the choices of Greek youth at the end of their compulsory education; is concerned with vocational education developments at the post-secondary pre-university level, with special emphasis on the KES and IEK; criticizes the developments in the educational area under consideration and provides some policy recommendations.