THE government has urged universities graduates to be innovative in coming up with their own income generating activities, instead of waiting to be employed.
The advice was given over the weekend in Dar es Salaam by Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Godwin Mollel, during the 3rd graduation ceremony for students who pursued their university studies abroad.
Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Omary Juma Kipanga presided over the graduation which was organized by Global Education Link (GEL. Others in attendance were Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Jumanne Sagini and different ambassadors to Tanzania.
Dr Mollel said instead of wasting time seeking for employments, there are many opportunities graduates can grasp, including starting personal businesses.
“Sometimes it happens that Standard Seven leaver employs a professor just because the primary school graduate is innovative and the professor only owns a certificate. There are people who have high level of education but have nothing other than their certificates, so don’t be like them, you are supposed to be innovative,” he said.
Deputy Minister further asked the Global Education Link (GEL) Director Abdulmalick Mollel to submit to his office all issues facing Tanzanians studying overseas so immediate solutions could be sought.
“You (Mr Mollel) have mentioned various challenges facing our graduates and on my side I promise to work on them immediately after submitting them in my office. Write down all of them and make sure you submit this week I will seat with my experts in the ministry to solve them so that we help parents who have used their time and resources to send their children to school,” he said.
Dr Mollel said the government has invested billions of money in health sector including 1.3/trillion shillings which was availed to alleviate the effects of COVID 19 pandemic, adding that there is demand of health workers all around the country.
Mr Kipanga, on his part, commended the contribution by the GEL on how it has been connecting Tanzanian students with overseas universities.
GEL Director Abdulmalik Mollel said 50 per cent of graduates studied health programmes and were competent enough to work in government and private sector if they were given chances.