'Govt must offer industrial attachments'

HARARE - Government must step in and offer industrial attachment to students enrolled in colleges and universities to stem chronic problems of inadequate internship places, the Zimbabwe National Students’ Union (Zinasu) has said.

Due to the large number of applicants and the limited number of places available per year, Zinasu said the net effect of this pattern of deployment is that attaches are not properly groomed in their trade, resulting in accusations that tertiary institutions were producing “half-baked graduates” that were improperly trained.

Students are required to undergo a compulsory period of industrial attachment, as part of their college or degree course, for acquisition of practical skills and abilities in a work environment.

Internships are open to diploma, degree, postgraduate and doctoral students.

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis has forced many private companies to shut down, leaving students enrolled at the country’s 10 State universities, 10 polytechnics and other tertiary institutions with few options when seeking places for attachment.

Zinasu said in the absence of a thriving private sector, it was incumbent upon the government — which employs over 250 000 workers — to chip in as the sole authority responsible for ensuring the country produces professional graduates who are competitive in the global environment.

“The government should intervene,” Zinasu spokesperson Zivai Mhetu said yesterday.

“...we are saying the government should offer attachment places to at least 50 000 students annually so that our colleges do not produce half-baked students who have excelled academically but have zero practical experience because they failed to get attachment places.”

“Some of them find shady companies or NGOs they pretend to be employed by for the short period lecturers sent to assess them will be around. This is happening right now and is a major cause for concern,” he said.

Comments (1)

The money for those attachment is buying bicycles for chiefs and villagers in Tsholotsho. There is no money for students. As the Minister responsible if you think I am lying.

XG - 8 December 2016

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