Too many graduates unemployed!

November 18, 2013 at 11:48 am (Commentary)

Post Courier, October 2, 1972 (2)

This editional above in the Post Courier of October 2, 1972 makes a timely warning that still has a lot of validity today.

Both Australia and Papua New Guinea face problems in employing many of their graduates. This can be for a number of reasons, one is that the universities at times graduate too many students in the humanities. A balance always has to be maintained with training in technical skills. Economic development has to measured in its capacities to absorb a country’s work force.

The casualisation of working conditions, and the cutting back of permanent positions on offer are  great concerns to many graduates seeking employment, particularly in advanced industrial countries.

In developing countries, where there is sometimes a glut of university graduates, with no prospects of employment in their own countries, leaving them with but one option  to try and seek employment abroad. This, to my mind, makes me question the wisdom of state policies which cause this situation.

Vast numbers of educated unemployed people where ever they are can only spell trouble. A trouble that can be avoided with better planning.


  1. Antony Ruhan said,

    Papua New Guinea needs more technical schools, more applied science and agriculture courses in the technical university and less (airy fairy) arts courses. Practical courses in accounting, book-keeping and applied education are also needed. The length of courses should also be shortened and be coupled with hands-on practice in the future work places.

    Medicine and agriculture should also be made more immediately practical. Graduates would not want to or be able to leave their country with these types of degrees.

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