DILI, 23 december 2022 ( TATOLI)– Coordinator National of Timor – Leste Coalition for Education ( TLCE), José Monteiro, said the Ministry of Higher Education and Culture ( MHEC) needs to increase the standard qualification to elevate the student’s capacity to compete for the job market in Timor – Leste.
“Based on TLCE observation, TLCE identified many graduates cannot compete for the job market in Timor – Leste, because the qualification standard of tertiary education is very minimum,” Coordinator National of TLCE, Monteiro, told TATOLI in his office Cai- Coli on friday.
According to Monteiro every year Timor-Leste produces thousands of graduates from Universities, and this automatically increases the number of unemployment adding that job opportunities are very limited in Timor-Leste, while other job opportunities offered by the International NGO such as the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP), ASIA Development Bank (ADB), United Nation Development Fund (UNFPA) Care International and the other International Agency but sometimes the new graduates cannot compete for the opportunities.
Based on the TLC’s s data Universities in Timor – Leste produced over 35,000 graduates every year, therefore with this number, unemployment surged sharply across the Timor – Leste.
To reduce unemployment Government through MHEC must increase one of the policies to improve the qualification standard by prioritizing the International standard curriculum, laboratory, integrated internship program, and development of language skills to compete in the job market in Timor – Leste.
Journalist: Camilio de Sousa
Editor: Nelia B.