THE high school curriculum should be focused on teaching students to do business and practical skills, National Development Bank board chairman Moses Liu says.
Liu said the curriculum was giving a wrong impression that there were jobs in the country, adding this had been relevant in the 1970s and ’80s.
He said those who finished from the high and secondary schools had nowhere to go and were unemployed.
Liu said it was estimated that annually, about 83% of the Grade 12 students in PNG did not find a place in universites, compounding the huge unemployment problem.
“It is estimated that 80% of the unemployed people are youths.
“The disturbing part of the current curriculum is that at the universities, they lack practical skills for employment,” Liu said.
He said the government, private sector and the wider community should unite to find a solution to this.
NBD, with the initiative to minimise unemployment for youths in the country, had launched the youth enterprise scheme (YES) to engage the youth in micro-businesses so they can be self-employed, Liu said.
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