Abu Dhabi: Educational system in a country is often directly linked to the performance of its citizens in the job market.
Does the education system in your home country meet the criteria? City Talk took to the streets to find.
Nasser Al Seddiqi, 33, an Indian Businessman, said: "The system we follow is outdated in many ways. Though there are revisions which are made from time to time, there is less focus on practical ways of learning. Rather than boring lectures, practical and experimental ways of learning are the way forward."
Kareem Al Din Faisal, 23, a Sudanese public relations officer, said: "In my opinion the education system in Sudan is academically equal to that in the UAE. Schools in Sud-an focus on teaching children general knowledge and encourage diversity of thought. However, we lack facilities like laboratories and updated tools. Also, many students cannot afford to travel to schools located in distant areas."
Poppy Chatziemman-ouel, 40, a homemaker from Greece, said: "I think the educational system in Greece is good and it prepares students well for the job market. But I would like to see more emphasis on English language, because in today's world communication is the main ingredient for the success of any job."
Abdul Aziz, 46, an Indian managing director, said: "It is the capability of the individual that makes the difference. Indian educational system is fair as students are taught how to multi-task. There are students who work and study simultaneously allowing them to gain experience. But I do feel that the system needs to focus more on practical aspects."
Raquel Cordova, a secretary from the Philippines, said: "Education is taken very seriously by us and secondary schools focus on strengthening students' communication skills and encourage practical training. We have a course in school which teaches hygiene, service, cooking and how to master various activities."
Filip Vandevreken, 44, a businessman from Belgium, said: "Our system is excellent and in line with the needs of the job market. I wouldn't like to see any changes though in general I would say that in the international environment that we live in these days the importance of communication skills cannot be stressed enough."
Philip Cherukara, 21, an Indian engineering student, said: "The Indian educational system is up to the mark especially in the case of specialised courses. As part of the curriculum you get hands on training opportunities."
Dyala Asad, 25, Turkish architect, said: "In Turkey, the education system we follow allows a lot of interaction between tutors and students. This I think is very good. When the system gets more and more commercialised, it moves away from core values and will not benefit students or the job market."