Government gets tough on interns

Government has said it will fire immediately all graduate interns who abscond without reason, saying the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development has received reports of rampant absenteeism from work.

Joseph Mwandidya: rampant absenteeism

Secretary for the ministry Joseph Mwandidya says in a letter that work places should be reminded that it is an offence not to report whenever interns abscond work or when they quit work.

“Interns themselves should also be reminded that quitting work without prior notification to the employing authority as stipulated in the contract, is an offence,” says the letter in part.

Mwandidya als also says that any workplace which will be found to have not reported when interns do not come to work regularly and when they quit, will be considered an accomplice to the malpractice and will be asked to pay back the monthly allowance (stipend) for those who have quit without notification.

The letter also tells supervisors of the interns to provide them with work all the time.

“However, we have received reports that some interns are just loafing without anything to do. In some cases, interns have been absent from work for more than three days consecutively for no apparent reasons, and some have even quit work without informing the ministry…,” says the letter in part.

Mwandidya says in the letter that any intern who is absent from work for three days or more is considered to have absconded from work and their contracts should be terminated.

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mwiteya
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mwiteya

Ngati ili campaign kufuna kutinamiza ife achinyamata nde mwaupondaaa

Mmalawi
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Mmalawi

Here is a ready research topic for university lecturers and their pist graduate students

Mphavu Sinyanyala
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Mphavu Sinyanyala

A paramount Chief gets MK100,000 for doing nothing. A graduate after all that toil get Mk80,000 for working so hard. What an insult?

Katakwe
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No need to sound this warning if all this was stipulated in their contracts.

145Million
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That’s what happens when you do things for political gains at the expense of national interest

Old Timer
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Old Timer

One intern confided in me that they were 10 interns in an office at Capital Hill and were all doing nothing. They was no job in the office and were all busy playing bawo outside or on whatsaap and messenger. Office heads tell them there was no resources for the job. They were planted there for political gains. So some therefore choose to stay at home and help do some house chores rather than doing nothing in offices.

B Gondwe
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B Gondwe

Zaulere zimatero. These graduates are not stupid. They know that they cannot be fired because their employment is a campaign gimmick. If the top exec is stealing, why can thdy not join the bandwagon. What the DPP govt has done is to expose them to the looting tricks in govt very early in their careers more especially as we go into election. We are training another breed of looters.

Mchacha wa UTM
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Mchacha wa UTM

@B Gondwe, Khokhokhoooo! Walasa nyani chende!

kasaila wa chigololo
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kasaila wa chigololo

This program has no future and is just a ploy by DPP to fool Malawians that it is reducing unemployment in Malawi. Its just useless.

Phiri Phiri
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Phiri Phiri

Just pay us our November stipend. Do you think we can use 80k for 2 months? We take 2 buses everyday and we need to buy lunch and u think its okay to talk trash like that while u enjoying big allowances for doing nothing in your offices. If you want to withdraw our allowances for the sake of funding the gvnt campaign then just say so and shut up, dont abuse us. Pay us and dismiss your stupid politically motivated internship.. we see what ur doing.

Kassan Kaselema
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Kassan Kaselema

phiri phiri!!! this is excessive from you…. when you will be employed somewhere know that wantchito salankhula kapena kuyankha nkhani iliyonse(wamba) yokhuza abwana. which university were you? what is your paper? know that some bosses are too serious and you can just block yourself from potential employers, desist politics!!!! which cohort do you belong to….. am not in govt and neither an intern but I follow the program in one way or the other. what I know first cohort receives stipend on 10th everymonth or any day there after which is normal else where and am confided this month, they… Read more »

Chivomelezi
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Chivomelezi

I wish you would have put yourself in his shoes he has a point to a certain extent. Come on how do you think they are surviving its not easy to survive on k 80,000 in 50 days using this money for transportation everyday. If the money is no longer in the hands of govt they why is it taking so long to pay them ? If the committee handling the money have the money as they said that the program is already funded why are they not paying them?

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