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  • Asked on April 7, 2017 in Politics.

    On the upside the scheme is a model to transition new graduates into the workforce, which is great. As much as we don’t want a bunch of new grads just loitering aimlessly about, the scheme may be doing a disservice to the youth of this country.

    First, it lowers the achievement potential and expectations students put on themselves. The scheme does little to encourage entrepreneurship. At worst, it conditions students for greater dependence on the “system” and does not help would-be graduates to think about outside-the-box opportunities.

    Secondly, it does nothing to improve on the skills of graduates. The scheme hardly provides any training, and most personnel will spend time doing things that will not improve their future income earning potential. For example, a year spent learning computer programming languages after graduation will improve the employability of personnel, but such facilities are not provided. A year is a long time and the scheme can better serve graduates if for example students are allowed to serve a portion of their requirement in each of the 4 years they are in college ie Long vacation one – 3 months service, long vacation two – another 3-months service etc. Making the service term flexible will greatly improve the efficiency and payoff  in terms of time use.

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