KUALA LUMPUR September 23, 2012: About 40,000 graduates in the country are still unemployed, based on the 2011 Graduate Tracking Study of the Higher Education Ministry.
Ministry deputy secretary-general (management) Datuk Omar Abd Rahman said: “We carry out the study yearly and last year, the percentage of graduates still unemployed was 21% from public institutions of higher learning, 27% from private institutions, 28% from polytechnics and 35% from community colleges.”
A small group of graduates had started working part-time as there were no suitable permanent posts for their qualifications, Omar told reporters after the launch of the National Lifelong Learning Seminar and Carnival (My3L) at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
Earlier in his speech, Omar said the Government, through 15 ministries, had provided 2,612 courses under the Lifelong Learning Programme this year.
He said a national-level programme directory for the 2012/2013 session had been developed and would be launched soon by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The two-day carnival, themed “Non-stop Learning”, has 100 booths set up by Government agencies and the private sector.