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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister, Goodall Gondwe, has said the government would consider offering performance-based permanent employment to graduates who are undergoing a Youth Internship Programme in government departments and ministries.

Gondwe said the government has recruited 4,000 graduates to work in ministries and departments from September 2018 to June 2019, and that some might be offered full-time employment.

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“The problem is that these guys think they can as well be offered permanent jobs. Well, we are thinking of that but the ones we will select are those who have been recommended by their bosses people with good skills and discipline.

 There are some who are doing badly; those have to go,” he said.

“Next year, we should come up with a budget for some of the interns. This year, what happened was that we assembled all the resources for vacant positions and put them together. We are using those for some of the internship programmes.”

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Recently, a group of interns asked the government to consider offering them permanent employment considering that there is high unemployment rate in Malawi.

The government set aside K4.8 billion to be used as stipend and administrative costs for the internship programme.

The interns get a monthly non-taxable allowance of K80,000.

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