Jenista Mhagama, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled), said this in the legislature yesterday when winding up debate on the PMO budget estimates for the 2021/2022 financial year.
She said that from the study findings, the government will come up with a national strategy to transform the country’s education system to strengthen the formation of competent human resources to meet the country’s current needs.
Mhagama said that training programmes and curriculum for technical and vocational education will be designed to complement the country’s development priorities, market demand and development of science and technology.
Improvement efforts will involve a change of school and colleges programmes to seek to produce more graduates capable of employing themselves, as securing formal employment was usually tricky, the minister affirmed.
The government will also invest in the skills development area by increasing budget allocation, raising the number of tutors and supportive tools so as to stimulate development of the green and blue economy, she said.
The value of social security funds was growing steadily and has officially reached 11.50trn/-, the minister noted, elaborating that the government has also cleared pension’s arrears for 132,670 retired civil servants claiming their benefits in the past five years, with 6,793 claimants remaining to be paid.
The government is also conducting an evaluation of social security funds to find out major setbacks and come up with a viable or permanent solution to address various challenges facing the funds.
“Social security funds have a number of development projects; all these are being evaluated and once the report comes out, we will address all complaints from the members and the public at large,” the minister declared.
Recently, MPs called on the government to overhaul the country’s education system so as to produce competent graduates for the country’s development.
In various contributions, MPs said the country’s education sector has been hit by a number of challenges including having outmoded curriculums ending up producing an incompetent workforce.
Debating the 114.8trillion/- Five Year Development Plan (FYDP-III), legislators urged the government to take acute measures to improve the sector by facilitating the provision of quality education.
Reports show that 800,000 young men and women are estimated to enter into the labour market each year, including school and college graduates, along with young people migrating from rural areas to urban areas. Unemployment among youths aged 15 to 34 years is officially estimated as hovering around 13.4 percent.