Celebrating sending graduates to streets

HARARE - Graduation in Zimbabwe is still accompanied with pomp and fun-fare years after the event lost all its value.

In the not-so-distant past, graduation from an institution of higher learning symbolised not only accomplishment but it also brought with it status.

It was something to be marvelled, something to be extremely proud of.

For those who hailed from humble backgrounds, it marked the beginning of an exodus from poverty to economic success.

However, ever since Zimbabwe begun to sink in the mire of a deep economic crisis in the late 1990s, graduation ceremonies, or rather, what they used to symbolise for many, which is a job and a better life, have now become ceremonies at which many graduates are hit by the hard reality that a grim future awaits them.

Unlike students of yesteryear who were bread winners even before they graduated courtesy of the grant and loan scheme, students of today know they are going to continue being burdens on their families even after they have graduated because there are no jobs for them.

In the last few weeks, the University of Zimbabwe and the Chinhoyi University of Technology held graduation ceremonies with the same pomp and fun-fare as those held in the past when things were still normal.

Things are not normal. By going on as if they are, the government is unwittingly exposing itself.

Every year, it is highlighting its own failures by holding mega ceremonies to celebrate its sending off of young people full of potential from universities onto the desolate streets of unemployment.

Through implementation of a cocktail of bad policies, the government of Zimbabwe has effectively relegated a graduate to the position of a non-graduate.

Both graduates and non-graduates are selling airtime on the streets and some are even touts.

To make matters worse, it does not seem like things are going to improve anytime soon.

The government is clearly way in over its head in as far as addressing unemployment is concerned.

Recently, it came up with a much-hyped about pie-in-the-sky policy to export graduates to other countries.

It has been months since the much-touted policy was announced but nothing has materialised.  Furthermore, it has come up with schemes for promoting self-employment such as the youth fund.

However, such schemes have collapsed due to various factors chief among them bad management.

It is high time the government owns up to its failures and admit that they have failed to come up with ways of creating employment for the multitudes of students that are being churned out from institutions of higher learning every year.

Whilst, searching for such solutions, it is best that the government and administrations of institutions of higher learning stop having major graduation ceremonies when there is absolutely nothing to celebrate.

Wise students will do well to stay away from such ceremonies as they can still get their degrees even if they don’t attend a ceremony that is held to celebrate their graduation from colleges.

*Mamombe is the Zinasu gender secretary.

Comments (5)

Good advice Joana. The ceremonies are indeed a shameful occasion.

Namkuza Mtamandeni - 14 October 2015

Thats outright madness. when I graduate i celebrate achievement not future prospects. its better to be a level headed hwindi who can discern the social world around through intellectual lenses, you fool

munu - 15 October 2015

haaaaaa tinotofara coz its an archivement toenda kunze tonotsvaga mabasa kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk\

hon - 15 October 2015

cde Joanna ,let me say that i agree with you .but not completely .Zimbabwe has lost its luster through the corruption of the well known thugs but we the people have not lost our sense of being. i think every single one of you would like to celebrate attaining a degree status no matter the hardships especially those from humble backgrounds because they have suffered the most.well this is my opinion

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