August 19, 2016

What ignites social mobility?

It is encouraging to witness that the government has vowed to initiative social mobility as a pragmatic concept in its 100-day plan. In this respect, it is absolutely vital to identify some key areas of change based on its empirical work on the ground.
The common factors attributed to change are institutional structure, leadership, knowledge and accountability, with researchers arguing that these factors call for strategic government intervention to publicise the direction and purpose of its reform.
When it comes to institutional structure, the government should adopt policies to legislate, plan and manage activities in the delivery of effective services in concert with other decision-making bodies. The second driver of change is concerned with leadership. It is often easy to misconstrue leadership as a position of authority. In reality, leadership is willingness to be in the vanguard of public welfare. The third point is knowledge, which should be seen as a property to be shared rather than fostered at individual levels. As the fourth factor, accountability promotes a result-based management culture through mutual and transparent interactions.
For the moment, one issue critical to the government’s reform is rising unemployment among young people. Unemployment has the potential to lead young people astray, causing them to lose motivation and face social exclusion. If their career prospects look dim, so is the future of the country. The time is ripe for the government to take new measures to tackle this problem.


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