Mzimba — Government has expressed worry with increasing numbers of young people in Mzimba District trekking to Republic of South Africa (RSA) in search for jobs.
Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development, Grace Obama Chiumia expressed the concern recently when she presided over the 2018 International Literacy and Skills Development Day Commemoration at Manyamula Skills Development Centre Ground in Mzimba District.
Chiumia said the tendency of going to RSA in search of jobs frustrates government efforts in building capacity of the youth through provision of vocational skills.
She said government continues to train the youth across the country for them to become self-reliant economically and be responsible citizens who can significantly contribute towards the country's development.
The minister said government has stepped up efforts in establishing community technical colleges at which youths can access vocational skills trainings.
"Most of the youth, who are below the age of 20, dump primary school for RSA, thereby contributing to dwindling education standards and lowering literacy levels in the district," said Chiumia.
She then challenged the youth that it is not always easy for all the youth who migrate to RSA to secure reliable jobs, saying most of them sail through more serious hardships than those they would have experienced in their home country.
Earlier, Paramount Chief M'mbelwa V commended government for initiating adult literacy classes, a programme which he said would go a long way in boosting literacy levels in the district.
"This is a commendable intervention, especially for those who missed chances to acquire basic education during their childhood," said the paramount chief.
M'mbelwa said it was pleasing to note that women who attend adult literacy classes are becoming a pride to the society as they also contribute to socio-economic development of the area.
The Theme for the commemoration was 'Literacy and Skills Development for all'.
A couple of weeks ago when State President Arthur Peter Mutharika graced Umthetho, a Ngoni cultural ceremony at Hora in the district, M'mbelwa bemoaned the tendency of the youth in the district trekking to South Africa.
He asked the district commissioner's office to put control measures to discourage the trek by the youth to the rainbow nation so that they contribute to development in their home country.