Unemployed graduates take to the streets

28 Sep 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – More than 20 graduates wearing graduate gowns stood at different intersections around the central business district (CBD) of the capital on Wednesday, requesting employment or internships.
They all have qualifications from different tertiary institutions in Namibia.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, co-founder of the Graduates Revolution Organisation that represents about 600 unemployed graduates across the country, Enko Ndemuweda said their campaign aims to sensitise lawmakers and the public on their need for jobs.
“Just on Monday, a total of 1 700 young people graduated from the International University of Management (IUM), which now means that unemployment is three per cent higher among us,” said Ndemuweda, who also graduated from IUM on Monday with a Honours Degree in Information Technology.
He claimed that despite having approached various state organs to air their frustration, nothing has changed. Ndemuweda urged Government to reserve jobs in the public sector for graduates.
Echoing similar sentiments, Student Representative Council (SRC) President at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Oscar Mwandingi fumed at the reluctance of SoEs in assisting graduates with internship placement upon the completion of their studies.
“Even if you go to those companies and tell them you do not want their money but just an opportunity to be an intern, they will not give it to you. So Government must make it compulsory for them to give us such opportunities,” said Mwandingi, who graduated from NUST in April with a Bachelor in Business Administration.
According to the Namibia Labour Force Survey (NLFS), Namibia’s unemployment decreased to 28,10 per cent in 2014 from 29,60 per cent in 2013.