UNEMPLOYMENT is a serious problem in Papua New Guinea.
It is becoming more and more serious by the day.
Papua New Guinea has a population of about eight million.
Many of whom are unemployed.
The problem of unemployment is rising fast.
Every able-bodied man and women should be employed.
If not, the problem of unemployment will create difficulties for development of the country.
Many businesses are not able to cope up with the changing demand and economic scenario.
They are either down or heavy retrenchment is taking place in them.
When there is slump in business, many people find themselves without jobs.
Here, from my knowledge and findings, I suggest and highlight few valid points that are needed to be taken into consideration.
First of all, we must check the fast-rising population of the country.
We cannot create jobs for all if the rate of population growth is not slowed down.
Family planning scheme should be made popular.
People should be educated about the importance of having small families.
This will help us solve the problem of unemployment.
Secondly, the education system of PNG should be made need-based. At present, every man and woman, including thousands of university and college graduates, want a jobs in an office.
Our education makes a student erudite.
Schools and colleges are like factories.
They produces BAs, MAs and PhDs.
Even agriculture graduates want an office job in town.
As thus, thousands of these graduates are still roaming the streets in search for a better job.
Each year, thousands of kids are being selected to university and colleges.
The big question is: should they be given jobs straight after being qualified or where will they end up?
It is also a burden on the poor parents on a yearly tuition fee increase, but where are the jobs?
The education of our country should be job-oriented.
It must make our students independent.
It is a challenge to the Government to look for other alternative ways to sort out and address it in our Melanesian way of living.
Thirdly, a change in the mental attitude of our boys and girls is necessary, as many of them are service-minded.
They do not want to take risks.
They do not want to start business or small-scale industries.
They should not depend on the Government for everything.
It is not possible for any Government to give jobs to all.
A desire for doing something for one’s own may solve, to some extent, the problem of unemployment for both uneducated and the educated people.
To sum it up, we have to solve the problem of unemployment on a war footing.
Both long and short measures should be taken in the country.
Population growth has to be checked.
Family planning should be made productive.
Give financial help to the unemployed to set up some industries or start some business.
People should be encouraged to go for skill-based education.
The Government should promote establishment of industries by private sector.
Create more jobs to cater for the educated on the streets.
It’s time for a change.
We need educated people in the Government and private sector, not to manipulate the system
but to build the nation based on reliance, equality and transparency.
Thus, the problem of unemployment may be solved.
Nongii Emil Ngalkhay