Mzuzu University lab students to petition Malawi govt over unemployment

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.mzuni

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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Cashier, Which government is useful in terms of employment? The answer is none. I have been in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, RSA, Egypt, Kenya there is very high unemployment on those careers. For Example in Kenya there are about five Universities where they train these people from first degree, masters, diplomas and specialities in cytology, histology, haematology, microbiology( TB) serology, but most of them are either teachers just a handful is employed, some have gone to other countries to look for employement as long as they have permits, so don’t your government for something which you are not sure of. Be… Read more »

Government should do something.


Government should better do 1 thing about.employ them or tell them that it will not employ them.Not just making silly promises whch government has been making to them.


Malawi Government is very useless


These graduates needs to be employed.Lab results delay at hospitals because lab workers are few and overworked.Lab department is very important for establishing main cause of disease.Not just guessing on the causes.


Dnt just comment when you have nothng to thnk the unemployment feels good?and these people deserve government employment.Where on Earth would you we have enof health workers.and 4 that matter,Malawi.Muthalika should be ashamed of ths.And Jean Kalirani is the clueless.That Minister is a waste of time


It is almost impossible for these graduates to start their own Labs.Lab materials and equipment are so expensive.The government should employ them.if the governmnt doesnt employ them,what excuse will be given?The hospitals have few wat the hell r they doing?these are the least people to be struggling wth employment.

This issue is getting out of hand now.College of Medicine Lab graduates are still unemployed as well.And the lab department is one of the most funded by,are lab geting employed?The answr is NO.So,where is the money going?Peter Muthalika is the most useless president to have ever existed on Earth.How is he allowing such things happening under his watch.And all capitol hill officials of Diagnostic department,whch include Mr. Mwenda,Mr. Kandulu,Mrs. Nkhalamba must be fired for they don’t take any step on this but keep loughing as it happens.This move will backfire as no one person is bigger than the lab… Read more »

I agree. Be creative. Those days are over. Use your heard.


So you mean the government should be employing every jim and jack from the public universities? It doesnt work that way.

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