Unemployment forcing graduates to engage in work for illiterates – Machungwa

An academician has observed that lack of jobs in the country has forced most university graduates to take up low level jobs to survive the harsh economic environment.

Zambia Open University (ZAoU) Lecturer in the school of business studies, Dr. Peter Machungwa further observed that university graduates are facing an increasingly shrinking job market resulting from the effects of the 2007-2009 global economic crunch.

Dr. Machungwa said the existing concept of training and churning out graduates to take up jobs in industry is no longer attainable as jobs on the market continue to shrink.

He has called for concerted efforts among all stakeholders from government, industry and training providers to find solutions to the current unemployment among the young people.

Dr. Machungwa said this in a discussion paper presented on the occasion of African University Day in Lusaka today under theme: Promoting University-Industry Linkages for Graduate Employability.

He explained that the theme of promoting university-industry linkages for graduate employability comes against a backdrop of soaring unemployment levels across many countries in Europe, America and Africa including Zambia.

And speaking at the same function, Zambia Open University (ZAoU) Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Moses Musonda called for the inclusion of industry captains in all university senates as way of developing curriculums.

Prof. Musonda explained that the inclusion of industry captains will be crucial in developing a curriculum that is tailored towards the needs of the industry.

He said this is a practical way of addressing the existing mismatch in knowledge, skills and other attributes needed by the industry.

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