Ministry eyeing to employ 80 percent of university graduates

Ministry eyeing to employ 80 percent of university graduates

Inadequate English language proficiency and limited exposure about future carriers have been identified by the Ministry of Education as the major challenges facing university graduates.

ADDIS ABABA (The Ethiopian Herald)–Ministry of Education stated that it has been working to attain the vision of securing employment for 80 percent of university graduates by 2020.

The Ministry’s Higher Education Inspection Directorate Director, Dessalegn Samuel told The Ethiopian Herald that strategic plan was set to help the university graduates obtain relevant jobs within 12 months of graduation.

He said, “We give due emphasis to not only provide new graduates access to jobs, but also to ensure that it would be relevant to their field of study within 12 months after graduation.”

Inadequate English language proficiency and limited exposure about future carriers have been identified by the Ministry as the major challenges facing new graduates. To this end, a strategy was put in place that takes these major hindrances into consideration.

According to the Director, carrier service centers that offer training for graduating students on different jobs, work discipline, market, salary rate and other related issues were established in all universities. Currently the centers are providing service in 23 universities.

Ato Dessalgen noted that preparation has also been finalized to install carrier path prototype in 79 programs while the trainings are incorporated into the system.

It is a viable move in acquainting them with the desired knowledge, and exposure about future carriers, he added.
The Director also pointed out that the manual for English Language Improvement Program is prepared for students to improve their English language proficiency and enhance their competitiveness to secure jobs.

Students continuous assessment, opening language improvement centers, improving university-industry linkages, Career Services and Sensitizing Career Path are also part of the strategic plan that aim at building graduate’s capacity for future jobs, Ato Dessalgen noted.

Source: The Ethiopian Herald


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