Graduate interns want full time jobs before May 21elections

About 3 500 graduates who were given an opportunity to work in different government ministries and departments say they are disgruntled in the manner the current administration is treating them, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Internship programme mired in challenges

The interns – under the  K5 billion Youth Internship Programme (YIP) targeting graduates and non-graduates  –  get K80 000 a month and they say it is  far too low as far as the normal welfare of every Malawian is concerned.

A statement that Nyasa Times has seen shows that the intern graduates are failing to support their selves including their wards that supported them.

“We are disappointed with the current administration for frustrating us all. We demand jobs for us all before May 21,” reads the statement signed by Derrick Kalindan’goma, the publicist.

The statement adds: “President Peter Mutharika promised at a certain rally that by July 1 that all gradiate interns are going to be employed. But nothing of that sort has happened.

“This government is taking us for granted. Three days after launching their manifesto they have not lived their words.”

Kalindang’oma warned of national protests in the cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre should government not heed their call.

Last week government promoted over 7 000 police officers, a move the opposition has described as a sheer political stunt.

When presenting the 2018/19 National Budget statement in Parliament, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe announced the introduction of the K4.8 billion youth internship programme which would provide 5 000 youths between the ages of 18 and 30 work experience both in public service and private sector.

“The objective of this programme is to equip the youth withknowledge, skills and ethics as a way of nurturing them for a career in th ecivil service as well as in the Private Sector. Basically, this will help in reducing unemployment among our youth thatthis country is currently experiencing,” said Gondwe in his presentation.

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Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

Why are they choosing the deadline of 21 May? Maybe they know that Mutharika and his DPP idiots are busy packing.

Gogoda
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Gogoda

If you have worked with chaps, they are far from having the necessary skills for their jobs. You give them assignments, they take ages to execute them if they will not come up with excuses to avoid doing it. They also lack manners. They are not serious and will be a waste to employ them without interviews. If there are vacancies, open them up for eligible people to compete

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Vote wisely!

Nkhambako
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Nkhambako

Malawians politicising everything ,tamva kale kuti a certain politician ndi amene akukupopani .It simply shows how you are failling to understand the whole issue .Internship is almost everywhere in the world .If you want another one visit FAO WEBSITE.Here the govnment has assisted you ,your CV has changed ,any employer will be looking for that .Not forcing government to employ you .You think government can panik with you ,go and vote for Mbakuwaku if you think your vote can make a difference .Those who are sending you to act rudely like this akupwetekesani .To show that you are babies ,you… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Internship programs are all over the world.
If you are real graduates you know what it means.
Osalilira ntchito apa,that is a clear indication kuti mnzeru zanu ndizochepadi not worthy employment.

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

@9189, interns are making cardinal errors here. We can only equate them to students. This is internship here. At some point it has to end. The government may advertise jobs whenever need arises, then people have to apply then go for interviews then get hired or not. These interns want to give the president and govt issues because it’s an election year. Kulakwa uku. Let’s not connect the two. Do you just wake up and employ 5000 people? Kulidi zochita? What are the repurcussions?

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

I don’t get this. The president has helped you so much here. Whatelse do you want? You really want to be employed without undergoing even interviews? Wait! Vacancies will pop up. You will apply and if you are successful you will be Hired. In between master the work! Each and every year Malawi produces graduates. You aren’t the first ones or the last. Learn the trade, look for oppotunies elsewhere and then your friends will also come for internship. This country is now producing very dull kids.

Shamboko
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Shamboko

The whole prgramme is a nuisance. Sometimes political leaders invite problems for nothing. You can see that the so call interns do not demonstrate apppreciation for the rare opportunity that government offered them. It is clear that the interns are rude and do not know that the government has already cut budget on important sectors to support the program. The best government would do now is to quickly drop this costly program to avoid a repeat of FISP scenario. It should be noted that some programs are self damaging.

Ndede
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Ndede

In the first place, it is APM administration that had introduced the internship programme. Ndiye mukamati ngwengwengwengwe mukutanthauza chani? In fact APM had just made it to say you be there for 2 years instead of 1 year. Koma munthu sadzatheka basi. Secondly, the Intern students had signed a contract with govt on the same. Nyasatimes, did these students show you their contracts? Now, the APM had promised to employ them by 1st July, 2019. I guess after budget is passed. Do you want to be employed and fo several months without salary? Inu amene musakufuna kugwira ntchito siyani ndipo… Read more »

Alex mgeni
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Alex mgeni

Ma interns chikuvuta ndi mwano. Zowona graduate kupita ku interview 5 times osatengedwa ntchito? Ulesi wakulatu kwabasi. Taphunzirani ntchito mofatsa. Most of you don’t have employable skills. You are too far from the grade. Zowonatu! Dekhani, your time will come. Tsono boma likulembeni ntchito kuti muzikangokhala???? We shall employable health workers then agricultural extension workers, then teachers etc. Kenano we shall consider enanu like azibusa. Etc. Companies are advertising every day, why are they not picking u? You are big headed. Zikomo