Only 20% of graduates of pedagogical universities in Ukraine , who studied on the budget, subsequently choose a job in their specialty.
As the educational ombudsman Sergei Gorbachev told UNN, the teaching profession is unpopular among Ukrainian youth.
He noted that the salary is one of the important criteria for choosing a future profession. So, according to him, a young teacher receives about 8,000-9,000 hryvnias, while a teacher with experience, with a category with a large load, can now receive up to 20,000 hryvnias. Gorbachev noted that it is necessary to raise the salaries of young specialists and bridge the gap between them and experienced teachers.
“Raising wages in the sector, and this sector of the economy is very important, creates pressure on the labor market. People see that you can really earn a living here, and choose this profession. We get a different set in institutions of higher education. There is another important point here – apparently, it is necessary to reduce the number of enrollments, select students more carefully, demand real learning outcomes from them,” the expert emphasizes.
He adds that over the past 15 years, most applicants have been choosing pedagogical specialties because they have not decided on their future profession, or “just in case.” Gorbachev notes that this is because society is dominated by a “very twisted” impression of the specialty of the teacher.
“The work of a teacher is extremely difficult. A teacher deals with many unpredictable variables every day – you have 30 children in your class, you look at them, you understand that these are children, each of which has its own attitude, its own mood, and you must feel it, you must organize them, “explains the expert:” Here you need to be very balanced, steady, calm.”
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich