A good student who got GPA 5 in both Secondary School Certificate and Higher School Certificate exams, completed his graduation and dreamt of a decent job, soon gets frustrated. To his/her utter dismay, s/he finds out that a decent job is only a distant dream. During the days of Cultural Revolution, China had suspended varsity admission for 4 years and offered trade courses to hundreds of thousands of students. China did not have required number of institutions to employ such a large number of students and therefore trade courses were offered which produced a significant number of entrepreneurs who became self-reliant. In our country millions of students are completing their graduation and join the long queue of unemployed youths.
Every year a good number of universities are being added to the list where students are getting higher education and entering the job market. But it is still not possible to find a job for all the graduates. Only a few are employed while others remain unemployed and turn into a burden for the economy. We can follow the example of the Chinese government to combat our unemployment problem. We need entrepreneurs, and it will be possible when a change will come in our education system. Technical education can be a way of coming out from this situation. The government should emphasise on profession oriented education so that each student gets the opportunity to do something on his own.
East West University, Dhaka
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