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Bulgaria – Illiteracy hampering the labour market

24 March 2014

Illiteracy in Bulgaria is creating a serious communication problem between employers and those seeking employment, reports novinite.com. Recent statistics revealed that of the 401,000 people in Bulgaria who are currently unemployed, 180,000 of them have at most a primary level education or no education at all.

Asen Angelov, Head of the Employment Agency, at a conference on education and business in the capital of Sofia, said: “Have in mind that a large part of them are illiterate. An educated person will always find a job. But this cannot be said of the uneducated. [An] Economy doesn't need only highly-educated specialists, but those with secondary education and skilled workers. But there is a problem when the highly-educated take the jobs of those with lesser education.”

According to Mr Angelov, the main reason for both the growth of new jobs and rising unemployment, is that employers have ever increasing requirements of their workers. On the other hand, those looking for jobs have either outdated qualifications or do not cover the requirements.  

According to the experts gathered at the conference, the solution is a reform in the education system and the introduction of learning through practical experience.


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