NEWS

Inequality is a major problem

Do children today have equal opportunities to learn? No, they don’t, and that is another major problem. The education system is far from providing equal opportunities. The first aspect of the problem concerns provision of knowledge. Not all schools provide the same kinds of knowledge. Some provide training in computer literacy and foreign languages, others don’t. Pupils who are not taught the skills they need in school have to resort to private institutes, and their parents often have to pay through the nose. What is the value of foreign language certificates from private institutes? It is hard to find someone who has not been to one of these institutes, and in the labor market there is a lack of this skill. However, for a child to go to a good school, parents not only have to be able to afford it, but also to realize that it is worth making the sacrifice for their child. There are parents who have the money but not the awareness. The second aspect concerns the so-called second chance, which children from lower-income families do not get. If children from such families are top students, they get ahead because they are supported, but if they meet with obstacles, they easily drop out.