High youth unemployment, a wake up call: Venaani

28 May 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 28 MAY (NAMPA) – The rate at which the youth unemployment increased in 2016 to 43.3 per cent should serve as a wake-up call that policies are not working or are misdirected.
The President of the DTA of Namibia, McHenry Venaani said this in response to the recent announcement of preliminary results of the national Labour Force Survey (LFS) by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).
The leader of the official opposition stressed in a media statement issued Sunday that addressing unemployment should serve as a basis for reducing poverty, noting that every other initiative should come secondary.
The LFS results released on Wednesday indicate that youth unemployment rose from 39 per cent in 2014 to 43.3 per cent in 2016, an increase of 4.5 per cent.
Venaani said in numerical terms, the 4.5 per cent increase does not seem to be a lot but when converting the 43.4 per cent into the impact unemployment has on the youth in Namibia, the numbers are unwelcoming.
“At 43.4 per cent, Namibia is dangerously close to every second young person being unemployed.”
He said considering the fact that the youth, who are supposed to be more economically active represent the largest population in the country, it is worth noting the economic hardship the country faces.
The DTA president suggested that the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation should conduct a national skills mapping study in partnership with institutions of higher learning and the private sector.
He said the study should be done to identify areas within the labour market where the youth need to be skilled and trained.
Skills mapping is a process of identifying specific skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviours required to operate effectively in a specific trade, profession or job position, Venaani said, adding that policies should not be developed in isolation but should rather be guided by existing skills among youth.