Education and employability

Unemployment has been one of the few persistent challenges that have grown worse with every passing year. With more and more people graduating in almost the same redundant fields of humanities, engineering and medical science, the horde of job hunters has been ever increasing.
The market has become so over-saturated with graduates possessing degrees with distinctions in various fields of study, that now it is nearly impossible to offer any instant redress to this issue.
To the general public, it might be a failure on part of the current and previous government(s); they could not provide ample employment opportunities to these qualified and skilled people. But to people like me who have been associated with academia, it is beyond doubt the bitter fruit of our poor educational policies and our felonious act of letting the education sector be commercialised is the real reason for this problem.
Honestly speaking, both public and private sector Degree-Awarding Institutions (DAIs) are equally responsible for plaguing the market with these replicas of a qualified/skilled workforce; who just like the Chinese copies of expensive mobile sets have all the apparent looks (certificates/degrees) but don’t have the acclaimed functions in reality. The increasing ratio of failing candidates in various competitive examinations is enough evidence for that.
Believe it or not, this is the result of our shallow endeavours to attract more students and to increase our so-called literacy rate that eventually led us to ignore learning outcomes and made us compromise on our educational standards. DAIs, in order to become self-sufficient and to justify their advertisements of outstanding results, started to award their students exceptionally undue grades, turning a blind eye to the fact that this would instil a sense of self conceit in them resulting in the repeated humiliation they would face in interviews on account of not being able to justify the grades; nevertheless, just to survive economically lot after lot of graduates with exceptional grades were dumped into the market.
Now when the situation has worsened to an extent that our educational institutes have purely become businesses dealing in degrees and certificates, and students and parents—as customers—think that paying a hefty amount in the name of tuition fee makes them worthy of a degree/certificate. As a nation, on the other hand, we still complain about unemployment, not realising that it has become imperative that the actual process of teaching and learning/disseminating and acquiring knowledge which has been put aside for at least five decades needs to be restored with immediate effect.
We need to understand that a replica cannot replace the original, and that there is no substitute for competence. These commercialised degrees and certificates that one accumulates over the years might help one cheat the system and gratify one’s false pride of being able by getting temporarily appointed somewhere, but these can never overshadow actual competence and truly acquired knowledge which is required to run the overall societal structure.
Once we come to terms with this reality, our perspective towards the problem of unemployment will change from cause to effect, and some viable remedy can then be devised. In simple words, only the realisation that unemployment is not the cause or problem itself but the effect of one, will enable us to do away with our false sense of understanding the issue.
Otherwise, as per our national practice, we can continue putting the blame on previous governments, increasing population, foreign conspiracies, etc. Besides, now we have a more genuine excuse in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has almost suspended the entire educational process across the country.

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