MPs Push For Graduate Service Scheme

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The proposal, which the MPs want drafted into a law, looks at creation of a secretariat which will facilitate employment of a number of graduates who will receive placement into government agencies and private companies.

A section of Members of Parliament want government to create a graduate service scheme to support employment of graduates across the country.

The proposal, which the MPs want drafted into a law, looks at creation of a secretariat which will facilitate employment of a number of graduates who will receive placement into government agencies and private companies.
 
Waira Majegere, Bunya East MP, told the media at Parliament today that the scheme aims to reduce on the growing unemployment in the country, especially among youths who are struggling to get job opportunities after they leave university and technical institutes.
 
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In 2015, Parliament passed a resolution urging government to develop a policy on national youth service and internship programme, to support institutionalisation of internship and entrepreneurship for hands-on training for both government and private organisations.
 
Every year, at least 400,000 students graduate from private and public universities in the country. Of these, according to figures from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, only about 113,000 are absorbed in formal employment, leaving the rest to look for jobs in the informal sector.
 
Mwine Mpaka, Western Youth MP explains that in order to fill the graduate skills gap and limited working experience demanded by companies, they want the secretariat to provide an allowance to the selected graduates who will receive placement for one year.
 
Mpaka proposes that five percent of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is deducted to cater for the allowances of the students.  
 
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John Bagole Ngobi, Luuka North MP, notes that government did not allocate at least five billion shillings meant to cater for national youth service in the 2016/2017 financial year. He affirms that the delay by government to implement the policy has given the MPs chance to draft the bill to fast-track the process.
 
The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) reports indicate that about 150,000 jobs are created annually in Uganda, which are not enough for Uganda's growing population.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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