Most educated youth in the country are interested in government jobs while the less educated or those living under poverty line want to go abroad to improve their financial situation.
Only one-fifth of the young population believe that education can help them to get jobs, reveals a survey by BRAC, BRAC University, and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD).
The BRAC Youth Survey 2018 unveiled on Wednesday finds that 52 percent men and 42 percent women want to have government jobs.
The survey shows that one-third of the country’s population is youth and the number of working people (aged 15-59) is higher than the inactive population (aged less than 15 and higher than 60).
Thirty upazilas and police stations across the country were selected randomly for the survey and opinions of 4,200 people aged between 15 and 35 were taken.
According to the survey findings, 90% of the men who have passed HSC or has a lower educational qualification are involved in income generating activities. The higher the degree, the later they join the workforce.
Only 5 percent of women who have studied up to class V and HSC are a part of the income generating force.
The survey finds that 90 percent of those who do not study or work or are not trained are women.
About 20% of the participants of the survey are willing to work overseas. One-third of them are actively planning on it.
Among the survey participants, 7 percent male and 4 percent female were highly educated, 14 percent got scholarships and 16 percent were confident in computer efficiency and also in English language.
Youth and Sports Minister Jahid Ahsan Foysal, Youth and Sports Acting Secretary Dr Jafor Uddin, BRAC Acting Executive Director Asif Saleh and BIGD Executive Director Imran Motin were present in the programme.