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March 2, 2021

High Unemployment And Education Rates Despite Government Action

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Despite many qualified and trained Papua New Guineans, the PNG workforce still lacks specialists in the health, business and education departMen’s. 

Records shows that well-educated Papua New Guineans are migrating abroad to seek jobs with better working conditions.


This is causing a brain drain in the economic development of the nation.


The government’s priority areas include health, education and business.


But despite hundreds of graduates from tertiary institutions like UPNG, Divine Word and Unitech, the nation still lacks the specialists we need to build a stronger PNG economy.


But it’s not only professionals who are seeking employment outside of PNG shores.


Many students are now studying overseas, especially in Philippines despite the high tuition, boarding and lodging fees.  This is because of the lack of tertiary institutions we have in PNG.


Earlier this year, when EM TV asked the Minister for Higher Education Delilah Gore to comment on the matter, the Minister refused.


But she’said PNG has no policies in place to monitor students traveling abroad to study.


Despite the government investing in human resources through free education fees for primary and secondary schools and fees for tertiary students subsidized by their respective MPs, the government still has to work on minimizing the high unemployment rate in PNG.


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