The characteristics of the Croatian education system, compared to those in other EU countries, are very low rates of leaving schooling, ie staying at elementary school level, but also the high rate of leaving higher education, said Nadia Bonifačić, an education system analyst at the European Commission's Directorate for Education and Culture commissions at the Forum on Educational Reform and Labor Market Relations held at the University of Rijeka Campus, held on Monday.

Bonifacic has exposed the results of education research and training for 2015. year spent by the EC, and according to which the Croatian dropout rate is negligible, only 2,7 percent.

But, as stated, it is estimated that more than a 40 percent of students cease higher education due to insufficient admission skills, limited academic and professional orientation, and insufficient financial resources to study. Bonifacic also pointed out data on a significant increase in the number of highly educated people in Croatia in just one year, with 2013. on 2014. So with 25,6 the percentage of highly educated in 2013. rate in 2014. rose to as much as 32,2 percent, and the reasons were, according to the EC estimate, in a large expansion of the university in the late nineties of the last century.

In Croatia, there are fewer than 50 percent of people with secondary education, and in many EU countries this percentage is higher than the 70 percent, and this is one of the reasons for the high rate of those who decide to study, she said. The problem is that only 72 percent of people with a completed higher education degree finds work within three years after graduation, while the average of the EU 80 percent.

In addition, she said, research has shown that in Croatia a significant number of students continue to graduate level, suggesting insufficient recognition of a bachelor's degree. This leads to a large increase, in the last four years, of the percentage of persons performing the jobs for which they were re-qualified, Bonifacic said.

Head of EC Delegation in Croatia Branko Baričević assessed that the research of education and training EK shows that Croatia is not the worst according to the chosen criteria. Despite the problems, if other parts of the society in Croatia were at the educational level, it would be much better, he said. He highlighted the very small number of children in Croatia covered by systematic pre-school programs compared to other countries, saying that there will be much more to be done in this area.

Rector of the University of Rijeka Pero Lučin said that the Croatian education system is often seen as inflexible and obsolete, but is still one of the most qualified parts of society.

Dekanica High Business School PAR in Rijeka Gordana Nikolić, as one of the most important problems of education and labor market compatibility, pointed out that employers did not recognize bachelor's degrees and the differences between their acquired skills and their abilities and master's or professional specialists. Through her own experience she found, she said, that with years of study students start with less basic knowledge.

(Hina)