Reform of Vocational Education as 'Throwing the Baby out with the Bathwater'
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In Poland during the communist period of time, vocational education constituted the most developed segment of the educational system. Limiting of the number of vocational schools, in particular, basic vocational schools (ZSZ), took place after 1990, in the transformation period. The period of the education reform of 1999 was particularly disadvantageous for them. Young people tended to select other schools, many ZSZ were liquidated. At present, due to the increased demand for qualified blue collar workers, their attractiveness is growing again. Unfortunately, many essential changes in the curricula of these schools have not been introduced, especially when it comes to the internship conditions, which are of key importance for education of this type.
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