The first NEET index that gauges the number of young people who are “Not in Education, Employment or Training” shows that the situation is worsening in Hong Kong, Sky Post reported on Wednesday.
The index, compiled by the Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT), reflects the employment and social participation of young people aged between 15 and 24. It is based on data from the government’s quarterly report on general household survey, Sky Post reported.
The NEET index has dropped to 84.4 for the first quarter of this year, from the base of 100 in the year 2000, the report said. However, while the index for the 15-19 age group is 44.3, it is 114.1 for those in the 20-24-years-old bracket.
It is estimated that there will be 37,300 NEET youngsters towards this end of this year, the HKCT said.
One of them is 27-year-old Lou Miu-sam. After dropping out of school in the mainland, he finally got a job in a cha chaan teng, or Chinese tea restaurant, in Hong Kong. But Lou said the job was so hard and gave him so much pressure that he decided to quit and stayed at home for up to eight months, Headline Daily said in a separate report.
“I was very decadent, and had no social life at all,” Lou said. He is now studying app design and hopes to join the IT industry after completing the course.
The government should provide more assistance to groups that give opportunities to young people to continue their education, the report said, citing HKCT president Chan Cheuk-hay.
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