Its a very multi-faceted problem you speak of Crni. Education sucks but I doubt its all some conspiracy to keep the people down (I will agree there might be some desire by big business to produce more cogs for the machine). People here (in the U.S.) disagree all too much on what schools SHOULD be teaching, which I believe is the real problem. Sex ed, not having children early, managing finances (like sucking up ones pride and not be so arrogant as to sabotagings ones future in order to 'live on ones own', being realistic about ones goals and aspirations, many ideas like these are often politically in-correct or some kind of conspiracy to keep our children ignorant of their true potential. Another is that our goverment (U.S.), is too focused on testing (rote memorisation), instead of problem solving. They believe in a 'well rounded', education that isn't well rounded at all. From 1st through 12th grades, we are all taught roughly the same batch of stuff over and over. Mathematics, science, english, history, geography, etc. The only change is the difficulty goes up. However, book smarts are only good for those who plan on going up this educational tree branch if one intends on entering into a job field that requires the hard sciences. While an education like this dabbles in everything, it does absolutely jack shit for getting our people employed, on average. Everything runs on a credit based system that extends well into college, all on the hope that a fancy piece of paper, which has a certain credit quota to obtain, will get us into very niche jobs. They completely ignore the fact that these niche jobs not only rely on ability, but also connections. It relies on mommy and daddy having enormous amounts of wealth so little Billy Gates can spend obscene amounts of time in his basement, not stressing out on credits or bills, but to be able to own and play with computers, a thing which was obscenly expensive for that time in Mr. Gates life. This is universal. American parents have been given this egalitarian ideal that every one of their kids has the talent and mental strength to enter high stress, high paying jobs like doctors, lawyers and finance managers. This is complete bullshit. Not everyone is destined for these professions or otherwise EVERYONE, would be these only. Everyone has their place in life in regards to their own talents and abilities. Lastly, wages are also based on demand. Here, in a country of 300 some million people, wages are low as there is no real competition for menial jobs like the basic service industry, which happens to employ the most amount of people. We already know that the most difficult and high paying jobs at the top, are rare and highly prized. You generally do not see a high amount of turnover, compared to the jobs I mentioned above. What this country needs to do, is to adopt a much more rigorous and demanding testing plan that focuses not on rote memorisation but ability. Rewards schools for placing their graduates in good jobs based on their area of study. Encourage colleges to cut down on expensive bullshit like pools, brand new, fancy pants dorms, resteraunts, sports facilities, and other things, which effect a students tuition and their ability to pay GREATLY. Some colleges have wasted money betting on financial plays, then, trying to offset losses through tuition. These are just some of the reforms that need to be made to fix our educational system.