Job seekers are more incompetent in ‘English and Communication’: Survey

According to a survey, candidates in the country’s job market are the most incompetent in English language and communication. According to the survey conducted on part-time employees and students, the ‘creativity’ of potential job seekers has emerged as the strongest aspect.

The Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a private research institute, recently conducted a survey titled ‘Skills Gap and Youth Employment in Bangladesh: An Exploratory Analysis’.

CPD senior research assistant Syed Yusuf Sadat presented the results of the survey at a function at the BRAC Center in the capital on Saturday.

The survey was conducted with information from 500 part-time employees and job seekers of 41 government and private universities in the country. The German-based company Frederick Ebert Stiftung collaborated.

Highlighting the results of the survey, Yusuf Sadat said, “The survey conducted online asked the job seekers about nine issues. Of these, ‘communication and English proficiency’ is the most common problem. Job seekers got only 30 percent marks in this regard. And got the highest 84 percent marks in the ‘creativity’ sector. According to the report, the lowest marks were given in the survey for arithmetic skills. He got only 23 percent marks in this regard. But we did not give priority to the issue as the job seekers mentioned the issue as minor.

Yusuf Sadat said, “The survey participants got 54 percent marks in team activities and leadership skills, 52 percent in time management, 46 percent in critical thinking skills, 45 percent in problem solving skills, 42 percent in computer literacy and 41 percent in business skills.”

Planning Minister MA Mannan was the chief guest on the occasion. He said, “Since coming to power, the present government has been conducting activities to build skilled manpower based on demand. So the government will be able to take cooperation from this survey.

Shirin Akhter, General Secretary and Member of Parliament for the National Socialist Party (JSD), who was present as the special guest, said, After that, it is possible to build the necessary manpower for the job market by making secondary and higher secondary education sector-wise.

Shirin Akhtar said, “Now it is being said that there is a lack of skilled manpower in the sectors where we are interested in investing. There is still time to improve skills.

Barrister Nihad Kabir, president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), said, “We have a flaw in our education system. Selection of students is not being done on the basis of sector. Now everyone wants to do government job. No one is prepared to work in the industry because of the lack of mental sector-based education and mental preparation.

(Dhaka Times / 04 December / KR / JB)


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