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Jakarta Post

Education not improving employment opportunities, government says

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 14, 2018   /   04:28 pm
Education not improving employment opportunities, government says Hundreds of youngsters queue to apply for jobs at a jobs fair in West Java. (Tribun Jabar/Gani Kurniawan)

The latest Youth Development Index (YDI) has revealed a gap between the quality of education received by youngsters and their chances of gaining employment in Indonesia.

National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) principal secretary Gellwynn Jusuf said on Friday that the 2017 YDI had improved considerably to 50.17 from 47.33 in 2016.

The index accounted for several aspects considered important to youth advancement such as education, health, safety from crime and leadership.

However, while youth participation in education scored the highest, employment opportunities remained low, according to the index, he said during the index announcement.

Most students received education through secondary school not through university, while employment opportunities were mostly in white-collar sectors that required higher levels of education, Gellwyn added.

He said the government had yet to learn the cause of the imbalance between education and employment rates in the index.

“There are other factors, like infrastructure, that could improve employment opportunities as youngsters would be able to travel around and look for jobs more easily,” Gellwynn told The Jakarta Post.

The government, meanwhile, would continue to analyze all data related to the YDI as it also influenced the overall human development index, he added. (bbn)