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More Graduates… Less Jobs

More Graduates… Less Jobs

It is an open secret that Sierra Leone is suffering from mass unemployment, of especially youths. Many young graduates keep parading the corridors of offices brandishing their degrees for jobs that they have never secured. This unfortunate situation has led to a multiplication of unemployed graduates many of whom resort to teaching to survive the biting system. But nowadays, even the teaching job has become hard to get, more so when hundreds of so-called volunteer teachers have been teaching for years without salary.

Yet the University of Sierra Leone (USL) and the Njala University College (NUC) are busy producing hundreds of graduates per annum and swelling the already huge number of graduates. Recently, USL has graduated over 1,000, students all of whom need jobs to survive.

Considering the notorious fact that lucrative jobs are scarce in this nation, we are concerned about how the system is going to absorb the constantly growing number of graduates. This question becomes more important when we take into cognizance the undeniable fact that our educational system provides little room for creativity and self employment. We have been observing that many Sierra Leonean graduates lack the creative ability to make themselves self employed and those few who have such ability lack the financial resource to go into self employment.

Therefore, it is high time government started thinking about the large number of unemployed graduates. We are humbly suggesting that government devises strategies to provide job opportunities to absorb the increasing number of graduates most of whom continue to languish on the streets.

We consider it extremely dangerous for any state to keep a huge number of graduates unemployed and, consequently, disgruntled. Government must not overlook the ugly situation.

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