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Indonesia / Near 70 percent of workforce has not completed junior high school

An influential business lobby has called for better management of Indonesia’s human resources to help the country prepare for entry into a regional economic community in 2015.

James Riady, the deputy for health and education affairs at the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said at a meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday that it was the responsibility of both the public and private sectors to help Indonesia develop a more competent and productive workforce.

“Productive human resources are the drivers of economic growth. And to achieve a productive workforce requires quality education that is relevant to development needs,” he said.

He stressed that economic development should not be measured just by growth in gross domestic product or per capita income, but also by the quality of human resources, in terms of education and the quality of life enjoyed by workers.

This quality, James argued, would affect productivity, and in turn overall economic growth.

A big problem in Indonesia, he went on, was that the education system was not adequately preparing graduates for the demands of business and industrial sectors.

“Our hope is that the government can pay more attention to harmonizing the skills of graduates with the needs of businesses and industries so that human resources can be absorbed into the workforce in a more optimal way,” James said.

According to Kadin, some 68.3 percent of Indonesia’s total workforce of 110 million people have not completed junior high school, which the organization blames for the low productivity and competitiveness of the country’s human resources.

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Jakarta Globe

via Indonesia Must Boost Skilled Labor Before 2015, Says Kadin – The Jakarta Globe.

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