Explaining the persistent weakness of formal vocational education systems in Sub-Saharan African countries


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Author: Allais, Stephanie


Formal vocational education systems in Africa are a very small part of formal education and training provision. They are widely regarded as weak and are criticized for not supplying the skills needed by employers. Reforms and donor-supported projects are a constant feature in many countries, but in the main, the weaknesses persist. The paper draws on primary research in a selection of countries - mainly analysis of labour market data and official sources of vocational education data - as well as an analysis of historical literature on industrialization, development economics, and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Governance; Industry; Labour market; Participation; Outcomes

Keywords: History; Economic development; Industrialisation; Formal education; Education and training system; Education and training reform; Education industry relationship; Relevance of education and training; Education and training needs; Employment outcomes; Trend; Enrolment

Geographic subjects: Sub-Saharan Africa; Africa

Published: Muttenz and Bern, Switzerland: European Research Network on Vocational Education and Training, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and Bern University of Teacher Education, 2021

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