Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lesser Number of Unemployed Graduates?

Expect lesser numbers of graduates this year. So says the Higher Education Ministry.

It’s minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin was quote in the media as saying that a study conducted by the ministry showed that 30 per cent of the total 170,000 graduates from three years ago were unemployed.

He said the number fell to 26.5 per cent in 2007 and 24.1 per cent last year.

Khaled said a good economic climate played a big role in reducing unemployment but he was hopeful the number would drop further this year.

Having said that, he also expressed his disappointment with graduates are not attending entrepreneurship programmes organised by the ministry.

"Of the 170,000 graduates produced yearly from 2004, only 10,000 will attend entrepreneurship programmes each year," he was quoted in the report.