Education and Lifelong Learning Watch 2015 | Hungary

The Hungarian education system has become exceedingly selective and polarized, as students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to attend vocational schools, which are not able to give the students the extra support they need, thus leading to high drop-out rates (and hence perpetuating inequalities in society). Disadvantaged groups in particular Roma are especially targeted, as they are over-represented in VET and the transition from education to the labour market is problematic.

Recommendations

  • Improve efforts to develop persistent and strong policy development in lifelong learning;
  • Increase school age from 16 to 18;
  • Develop a systematic approach to promote inclusive mainstream education in order to increase the participation of disadvantaged groups in particular Roma;
  • Strengthen measures to facilitate the transition between different stages of education and to the labour market, and improve the teaching of essential competences;
  • Develop a national strategy on the validation of non-formal and informal learning based on uniform principles and procedures.