State must address tertiary education hurdles


THE accessibility to tertiary education is still a challenge among the youths who end up roaming the streets, Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) president Andrew Ntewewe has said.

Speaking in an interview, Mr Ntewewe noted that the problems faced by the youth have constantly increased.

“The enrolment levels in the public universities have increased but the accessibility to bursaries is very low. Government should increase the bursary scheme to avoid cases of youths committing suicide because their names didn’t appear on the bursaries list. This will also give an opportunity to intelligent under-privileged youths to attain tertiary education,” he said.

He, however, commended the Government for establishing universities around the country.

“We are looking forward to Government’s policy on human resource in the newly built universities. Our hope is that these universities will not become white elephants due to lack of human resource,” Mr. Ntewewe said.

He said the other challenge that needs to be critically addressed was the low levels of employment among the youths.

Mr Ntewewe said Government should put more emphasis on attracting foreign direct investment to help address the unemployment problem.

“Government has not done enough in attracting foreign direct investment. I believe once the Government puts more emphasis on this, the problem of unemployment will drastically be dealt with,” he said. Meanwhile, Mr.Ntewewe said YALI was saddened by the low accessibility on how youth empowerment funds were distributed.

He said the youth empowerment funds must be made available to every youth around the country. Mr Ntewewe said the country was still lagging in areas of skills development and therefore more technical institutions should be put in place.

“The youths need to be educated on how to manage finances to avoid the failure to pay back the loans. These youths barely understand how to generate more from the funds. This is a duty for both the Government and organisation,” he said.

He said YALI was looking forward to President Edgar Lungu’s key note speech on tomorrow during the Youth Day celebrations.

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