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General education

General education is defined as education programmes that are designed to develop learners’ general knowledge, skills and competencies, as well as literacy and numeracy skills, often to prepare participants for more advanced education programmes at the same or a higher ISCED level and to lay the foundation for lifelong learning. These programmes are typically school- or college-based. General education includes education programmes that are designed to prepare participants for entry into vocational education but do not prepare for employment in a particular occupation, trade or class of occupations or trades, nor lead directly to a labour market-relevant qualification.

UIS, ISCED 2011 (International Standard Classification of Education), 2012

Education and training that takes place in primary and secondary schools, as well as in adult education and training centres.

SAQA (South Africa), TVET Standard Glossary of Terms, 2013

1. Common areas which all pupils should know and experience.

2. Education which aims to equip people with a broad range of knowledge and skills, usually to enable them to meet their responsibilities as citizens and to enable them to function in their society.

Ministry of Labour, VTC, Department of statistics, National Centre of Human Resources, Glossary of selected terminology: The labour market and vocational education and training - Occupational safety and health. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 2005 - Not available online

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