Dhaka, Bangladesh
Create more jobs for youths

Editorial

Create more jobs for youths

The more the education, the higher the unemployment. Such a comment coming from the public, very often, is likely to draw mordant flak. But in reality the country is facing mammoth unemployment. There are about 28 lakh unemployed people across the country. According to a report, among the jobless people 19.49 lakh are from the rural areas and 8.51 lakh are from the urban areas. To make unemployment situation further worse, fresh figures are being added to the existing one. Moreover, it is important to note that around 40 pc of the population is underemployed at low wages. The unemployment problem is less addressed or left neglected, we must say. A massive wastage of huge potential human resources due to unemployment cannot be a low-profile issue. Economic growth does not become meaningful unless enough jobs are created and the unemployment rate is brought down. It is disheartening that job growth rate in the country is the slowest in two decades, although the economy registered faster growth for the last several years. The country could add only 14 lakh jobs between 2013 and fiscal 2015-16, down from 40 lakh jobs it had added between 2010 and 2013. The shrinkage in the expansion of employment is really a puzzle and the sluggish job creation has raised brows of some experts who term the phenomenon a jobless growth. It is obviously disappointing that instead of job opportunities or vacancies for the new entrants in job markets, the scope in job markets is getting gradually limited with no master plan or vision to address this alarming problem. Besides, job opportunities are not only limited, but their distributions are manipulated and misdirected. Real talent and brilliant results have little to do to help a candidate manage a job. An overwhelmingly large number of potentially promising human resources are being lost. They could provide their worth in the nation building had they once been given a chance and scope. It is because of corrupt, manipulated and partisan recruitment or selection procedure, deserving and qualified candidates are being deprived of the scope for landing jobs and incompetent people have been installed in the capacities for which they are misfit. Another baffling aspect of the employment situation is that the unemployment rate is the highest among young people with higher degrees. It reveals a big gap between the skills acquired and the demand for higher efficiency in the job market. It means the existing education system cannot meet the demands for efficient and skilled manpower. If we cannot use our demographic dividend, the youth can go on to become a liability for our nation. To ward off this critical situation more people with technical and vocational education are needed. If we can develop our education system based on technical skill, unemployment will surely shrink.

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