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Long Voucher's Story in Georgia

2012-03-15 17:23

GTimes explores the story about mass voucher distribution in Georgia. In the case of vouchers for electricity and agricultural work, everything was quite sad. A voucher to receive education is worth 1000 GEL thus there's a hope that such a the program may be effective.

Georgian labor market is similar to the labor markets of other post-Soviet countries in many ways. There is a huge amount of unnecessary economic graduates; many of whom are professionally incompetent. At the same time there's lack of people working in this direction, extremely needed there.


Thus, currently the government is actively promoting vocational education. The Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava and the country's Education Minister Dimitriy Shashkin are engaged in it. And the President Mikhail Saakashvili said that authorities would grant a voucher for education in denominations of 1,000 GEL to everyone who wanted get higher education or retrain.

When you are an adult person with a profession which you prefer to change on a more profitable one you'll have to pass so-called social test. Social agents will find out how social unguaranteed you are. They will definite your life status and when you score 100000 points u know that you are really needed in it, after what you'll get a voucher worth 1000 GEL (it's about 650$) without any examination. You'll b able to spend this money only on professional education.

But if you are very poor and do not have any education, you have to pass special testing for the sake of 1000 GEL. If you gain 65 points, it's not a problem, you get the desired voucher. If you don't, you get it, but it is worth 300 GEL. The remaining 700 GEL are paid from your pocket. Unfortunately, there aren't enough vouchers. This is a drop in the bucket in Georgia. Apparently, the process of voucher distribution will be rather slow until financed largely.

The entire program has three main purposes: tourism, services and construction. Teachers say there are lot of those who want get such profession.

Any way, education vouchers are very popular in Georgia. But there is one problem - the program is very expensive and now few people can use it.

This year Georgian students also may get their part of happiness. Educational Ministry has launched another one youth employment program. The project will be carried out across Georgia during the summer vacations, July 20 - August 20. There is a hope that about 25 000 students will be hired for their profession. But there is no main reason to give a job to those who have it as a profession. They will be able to choose from 70 vacancies the most preferred one. In general, there are vacancies in the construction market, law agencies, museums, hospitals, governments and cleaning services in urban areas. Thus, not all of graduates of law and economical faculties have an opportunity to become office plankton. Most of them will get job in streets cleaning for the first time.


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