Education must be aligned to economic needs

In a media release from Cabinet Chambers last week, it is stated that incentives and disincentives should be provided to steer pupils and students into particular specialisations and away from others, as demanded by the strategy on employment promotion. Labour-incentive projects should also be identified and taken up to address the problem of youth unemployment, including other measures such as appropriate reforms in primary, secondary and tertiary education to complement employment needs, measures to smooth transition from school to work for the youth and programmes to encourage enterprise training for the youth. Cabinet also gave the green light for regular surveys on the country’s labour force to enable policy-makers to analyse the past growth performance of the economy, and to study the demographic and socio-economic factors affecting the size and composition of the labour force. The 2004 Labour Survey covered a sample of approximately 7000 private households that were spread across all 13 regions of the country. “The collection of information on the economically active population aged 15 and above was prompted by the need to provide basic information on the size and structure of the country’s labour force, and to measure the extent of available and unused labour time and human resources for macro-economic monitoring and human resource development planning”, Cabinet said. According to the media release, the study confirmed that education is a key factor in sustainable development and for the eradication of poverty. Agriculture also remains the sector that provides the most jobs, with 102 636 of employed people in agriculture. Namibia is, sadly, faced with a problem of high unemployment, with a general increase in the rate of unemployment over the years. ‘ Nampa.

June 2006
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