Mundu Vocational School in Cirebon, West Java, Sept 2015. Wikimedia Commons

The Jakarta Post-Nov 7, 2018

Of the key economic data announced by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) on Monday, the 5.17 percent economic growth for the third quarter, which had been expected, caught the most attention of the mass media. Yet what we find most concerning is the large number of vocational school graduates among the 7 million unemployed.  The fact that vocational school graduates comprise such a large proportion, 11.3 percent, of the unemployed, as against 8 percent of high school graduates and 12 percent of university or college graduates, the remainder having only a junior high or elementary education, shows a glaring mismatch between labor-market demand and the skills available.

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