People discredit NSO’s survey interviews

Some people who attended interviews for the Millennium Development Goals Endline Survey (MES) on Thursday have expressed reservations on the conduct of the whole process.

The National Statistical Office (NSO) conducted the written interviews at Liwonde Community Development Centre in the Eastern Region, Soche Technical College in the South, a centre in Lilongwe and Mzuzu respectively.

One of the male interviewees from Liwonde said the way the interviews went left a lot to be desired.

“The officials from NSO could just watch people conferring in the interview hall without doing anything. Some of the people had the questions before hand which gave some of us doubts on the credibility of the interviews. Some even know that they have already been picked for the survey,” he said.

NSO Commissioner of Statistics Charles Machinjiri

NSO Commissioner of Statistics Charles Machinjiri

“I went to Soche but hey, I just doubt the credibility of the interviews. How it went just defeated the meaning of the whole process. There were about 700 of us at one centre and most of whom had favours from their relations at NSO,” said another Nyasa Times source.

Reactions from Lilongwe and Mzuzu showed that the whole interview process had some people doubting on its credibility.

“I understand that relatives of some of the officials at NSO have an upper hand when it comes to survey interviews. But when it comes to equal opportunity employment there are lots of concerns like what has happened. The NSO officials have just raped the whole process giving us doubts on whether we will be picked despite having the necessary qualifications,” said another Nyasa Times source.

There was no immediate comment from the national data collection office.

There has been a lot of outcry from the people on the way some interviews for most of the surveys at NSO are conducted.

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