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Title:The relevance of education for employment
Author:Rado, E.R.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/160131
Abstract:The author argues that the major source of the drive to the expansion of education in Africa since the 1960s lays in expectation of an economic character, namely that education would raise incomes and employment, not only for the individual 'recipient', but for society as a whole. The author suggests that these expectations have almost certainly not been fulfilled. The author aims at examining whether the expectations placed on education as an engine of growth were reasonable, and at discussing the concept of the 'relevance' of education in an African context. In particular he examines: whether each level of education can be so designed that it is relevant to the great majority of students who do not proceed to the next stage; whether most African systems of education are 'irrelevant', because they equip only a tiny minority with 'vocational' skills; whether such vocational education as is provided is really appropriate, whether educationalists have devoted too much of their attention to 'production' and too little to 'marketing'. Notes.