Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Grace Chiumia has asked institutions that are hosting interns under Graduate Youth Internship Programme to immediately report those that quit job.
Speaking Friday in Lilongwe during a press briefing on the progress of the programme, Chiumia said the ministry has learned that some interns stopped working without notifying their superiors.
“Some interns who started work in September  have stopped working in their institutions without notifying their superiors and yet they are still on payroll of the stipend.
“This is a breach of what was stipulated in the contract that the interns were made to sign before their placement to various work places.” Chimumia said.
She asked the interns to report any challenges that they encounter in their workplaces for the ministry to find solutions rather than just quitting without notifying their superiors.
Chiumia said this is a challenge to the ministry as a recruitment entity as they need to be notified.
“It has also come to the knowledge of the ministry that some have even resigned from their placement, probably because they have found other jobs, but have not tendered any resignation.
“So the ministry is urging all government institutions, agencies and departments that are hosting interns to notify the ministry of any intern who has stopped or resigned from their placement,” Chiumia said.
The minister, however, could not immediately say number of interns that have stopped working but said the ministry had called for data from all the host institutions.
“We are going to give out this information immediately we finish getting data from government departments and agencies.
“But what I would like to emphasize is that it is just a few interns that have stopped, the majority are still working,” she said.
The minister said those that quit need to notify the ministry so that they are immediately removed from the stipend payroll and give room to other graduates that wish to benefit from the programme.
So far, the Graduate Youth Internship Programme in the 2018/19 Financial Year has 3800 interns whereby 2227 were recruited in the first phase in September, 2018.
The programme is aimed at addressing high unemployment rate in the country, which according to the Labour Force Survey (2013), is at 21 percent nationally and 23 percent for the youth.
“Employment creation has, therefore, always been the concern to the government of Malawi as evidenced by its inclusion in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III,” Chiumia said.