Job­less grad­u­ates­grad a na­tional cri­sis:cri King Let­sie IIIII

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LaW Pro­fes­sor, Nqosa Ma­hao, was in­au­gu­rated the ninth vice-chan­cel­lor of the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Le­sotho (NUL) dur­ing a colour­ful cer­e­mony held at the var­sity yes­ter­day.

Pro­fes­sor Ma­hao, who as­sumed of­fice on 20 Novem­ber 2014, suc­ceeded amer­ica’s Sharon Siverts, who served the uni­ver­sity from 2011 to 2013.

NUL Chan­cel­lor, king Let­sie III, who was the key speaker at the cer­e­mony, said Pro­fes­sor Ma­hao faced the daunt­ing task of en­sur­ing the uni­ver­sity’s grad­u­ates do not end up lan­guish­ing at home with­out jobs.

The king said: “Un­em­ploy­ment should be de­clared a na­tional cri­sis to be ad- dressed vig­or­ously and sys­tem­at­i­cally at all lev­els and from all an­gles.

“It has al­most be­come the norm that grad­u­ates stay un­em­ployed for at least four years de­spite the huge in­vest­ment the coun­try puts in their ed­u­ca­tion.

“The ques­tion which should be posed and an­swered is why our grad­u­ates are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to find em­ploy­ment. We may never know the an­swer to this ques­tion un­less we un­der­take a ro­bust and holis­tic in­ves­tiga­tive study into the mat­ter.”

His Majesty fur­ther ap­pealed for the uni­ver­sity’s pro­grammes to be mar­ket­driven in or­der to “bridge the gap be­tween what is taught in the class­room and the re­al­i­ties of em­ploy­ment”.

The king added he had been re­li­ably in­formed that Pro­fes­sor Ma­hao had since been work­ing on turn­ing around the for­tunes of the uni­ver­sity and re­turn it to its for­mer glory.

on his part, Pro­fes­sor Ma­hao said he un­der­stood the huge task he faced in mak­ing NUL a re­spected in­sti­tu­tion once again.

“God-per­mit­ting, I un­der­take to do the best I can in lead­ing the way for the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Le­sotho to re-claim its place of hon­our among the global com­mu­nity of in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing.

“Pluck­ing NUL out of its cur­rent tem­po­rary ad­ver­si­ties may in­deed be a tall or­der, but it is cer­tainly not an in­sur­mount­able task if all stake­hold­ers march side by side on this mission,” he said.

NUL Vice-Chan­cel­lor Nqosa Ma­hao.

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