ERIC Number: ED344986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Education: Its Relevance to Job Market. A Research Report. AEPAM Research Study, No. 90.
Khawaja, Sarfraz; And Others
A study was made of the 36 polytechnic institutions in Pakistan in order to describe the nature of their academic programs and their relevance to the job market. Responses to questionnaires were received from 545 of 1,000 graduates, 34 of 36 principals of institutions, and 25 employers of the 184 graduates who were employed. Some of the findings of the study were the following: (1) about half the graduates of the 1985-87 session were unemployed, 34 percent were paid employees, and 14 percent were self-employed; (2) job opportunities are more favorable for urban students, with 50 percent of the 184 employed being from rural areas; (3) the highest rate of employment was in the government sector, followed by the private sector; (4) it usually takes 3 months to 1 year for a graduate to find an appropriate full-time job; (5) institutions usually do not help graduates find employment; (6) institution heads complained that content was not meeting the demands of the job market and that equipment was outdated; and (7) institution heads recommended introduction of computer technology and other new technologies. Recommendations were made for a needs analysis to determine what skills the job market needs, staff development, and increased institutional efficiency. (The report contains 40 tables; appendixes include a list of the technical institutes in Pakistan and the questionnaires.) (KC)
Descriptors: College Programs, Developing Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Job Skills, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Relevance (Education), Technical Education, Technical Institutes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education, Islamabad (Pakistan). Academy of Educational Planning and Management.