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1 Sep 2017

Lukashenko points to growing popularity of vocational education in Belarus

Lukashenko points to growing popularity of vocational education in Belarus

MINSK, 1 September (BelTA) – More young people understand today that vocational education is prestigious and promising, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during his visit to the Minsk State Auto-Mechanical College named after academician M.S. Vysotsky on 1 September, BelTA has learned.

“The main resource of any company is not the equipment whatever advanced it can be. The major resource is people. Specialists will never be left on the sidelines. They will always be in demand. The demand for such specialists will continue growing. Today more young people understand that vocational education is prestigious and has prospects. Every year more than one third of school leavers choose lyceums and colleges as the first step of their professional career. All necessary conditions for it have been created,” said Alexander Lukashenko.

During the visit to the Minsk State Auto-Mechanical CollegeThe president cited the Minsk State Auto-Mechanical College as an example. The educational institution has state-of-the-art laboratories, an autodrome, and a maintenance station. An estimated 24,000 people have received education in the college so far. “24,000 is a huge number. Many of the graduates have become production managers, scientists, highly-qualified specialists in mechanical engineering and prominent state figures,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

According to the head of state, it was decided at the Nationwide Conference on Teaching that the priority in the enrolment to universities will be given to graduates of vocational and secondary special educational institutions, to those who already tried their hand in the future profession. “Go through this stage of your education. If you like to study at the university, you will have such an advantage,” he said.

Lukashenko points to growing popularity of vocational education in BelarusAlexander Lukashenko said that perhaps the role of a working man is played down in the society while vocational colleges are considered to be less prestigious in comparison with universities. “You listen and stay calm. In order to master a blue-collar profession one needs to have a talent and be smart. Remember you will never have such a period in your life in the future. If you, choosing this profession, do not do what you need to, tomorrow will be too late. You will waste you time in this case. Since you came here to earn a great name of a working man, do your best to achieve it every day, every hour and hold you heads up as you are truly working people who work for the benefit of our country,” the president said addressing the students of the college.

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