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Fewer jobs mean more crimes

Published:Wednesday | May 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM


It is once again time for students to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate exams, but I am befuddled by the fact that we continue to graduate our students from high school without the prospects of gaining meaningful employment.

For 40 years, successive governments have not generated the type of investment needed in this country to increase employment, in order to increase the standard of living and rid the society of crime and violence. Many of these graduates will end up having no alternative but to turn to a life of crime. There are 50,000 students graduating each year, and we cannot create 5,000 jobs per annum.

What is the real purpose of borrowing from the IMF? Where are the benefits to the common man from this sustained borrowing? Our problems will continue to surmount if we do not address the dire unemployment situation in this country. We cannot allow the size of the population to grow without a proportionate increase in employment opportunities. We are doomed if we continue on this path. The logic is simple.

Marcus Blackstock