|A teacher (left) instructs vehicle maintenance and repair students at Licheng No 2 Occupational Middle School in Jinan, East China's Shandong province, in May. Zheng Tao / for China Daily|
China needs to enhance vocational education in order to end the oversupply of university graduates and the shortage of technicians, said a senior labor official.
"The education system should suit the demands of the labor market as the economy develops. More resources should be put toward vocational education," Wu Daohuai, director of the department of vocational skills development under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, told China Daily.
Wu said the country’s education system has been focused on higher education in recent years, which has led to a fast growth in the number of university graduates.
"Such a move encourages young people to go to college, and so fewer choose to go to vocational schools," he said.
Many Chinese universities emphasize teaching theoretical knowledge rather than useful skills, he said, and a lot of students believe they are entitled to white-collar jobs after graduation and they never consider becoming blue-collar workers.
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