Mzuzu University Biomedical Students Association (MUBSA) has warned it will petition government over a worrisome unemployment rate currently rocking lab technicians and biomedical scientists who have graduated in recent years.
MUBSA president Binton Tchuwa threatened unspecified action should government cast a blind ear to their problem.
“Government is spending a lot of money training us, and yet they say they are no jobs when we graduate. Why are they training us then?” he wondered.
According to Tchuwa, training laboratory technicians and biomedical scientists is novel in Malawi and the phenomenon, he affirmed, has heaped problems on part of government on where to fit them in.
“Those who were trained or are being trained at diploma or certificate level are assured of jobs in government various departments unlike those of us pursuing degree studies,” he said.
He claimed hundreds of graduates, over just three years, are currently rotting in bottomless joblessness because of the same.
“The Civil Service Commission (CSC),” he said. “Must seriously look into the issue or face our actions which I will not immediately reveal here.”
According to him, they are teaming up with a coalition of the unemployed graduates to strategize on how to state their case.
Scotch Kaunda, Medical Laboratory Students Graduates Association (MLGS) said they were delighted with MUBSA commitment.
“We will be delighted to work with them all through,” he said. “We urge all other students in colleges and universities because this is a battle we all must fight.”
Kaunda also pointed out letters to the Ministry of Health over the same issue have borne no results.
Malawi registers threatening unemployment rates, according to studies. Unfortunately, the most affected are youths who form 60 per cent of Malawi’s 17 million population.
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