Unemployed university students to get monthly allowances

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The Botswana Government has undertaken a bold move by pledging to pay monthly allowances for all unemployed university graduates effect from January next year.

The amount has been set at P2,000 (about $300) for 12 months. Media reports say the government has started compiling a list of unemployed graduates.

This would see an unspecified number of the degree holders absorbed by several government and para-statal institutions for a maximum period of 12 months, reports say.

The program, to be known as the national internship program, is the initiative of President Ian Khama’s desire to solve high unemployment among graduates in the country.

Khama announced that unemployment reduction will be one of his main tasks when assuming the presidency in April this year.

The program is managed by the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs.

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