Students attend a job fair in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach
Education authorities once again flagged the increasing jobless rate among university graduates at a parliamentary session Friday.
Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said at a meeting between relevant ministries and the National Assembly's education committee that the number of university graduates who failed to find jobs has doubled since 2010.
The number of graduates who had managed to find jobs only increased by 38 percent in 2010-14, he said.
Universities had been ordered to downsize in the last couple of years, but people who graduated from universities and colleges years ago remain unemployed, causing the jobless rate to be high, he said.
The number of companies set up in the last few years has been lower than those closing down or going bankrupt, also contributing to the rising unemployment rate, he said.
Nguyen Thi Kim Be, a deputy elected from Kien Giang Province, said she is always asked about solutions for unemployment of new graduates whenever she meets her constituents.
“I think education authorities have failed to forecast demand, leading to a surfeit of diploma holders.”
She said relevant ministries should work together to find a solution.
Huynh Thanh Dat of the Ho Chi Minh City-based National University said schools and industry should coordinate more closely to create jobs for graduates.