Daily Nation Newspaper - - FORUM - Dear Ed­i­tor,

The mas­sive num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple es­pe­cially young peo­ple in the coun­try is over­whelm­ing. Added to this sce­nario is the in­creas­ing num­ber of some peo­ple off-loaded on the streets through re­trench­ments or re­dun­dan­cies. But at least I see a ray of hope as this would be the op­po­site fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions in Par­lia­ment, by Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Minister Alexan­der Chiteme that more than 39, 000 Zam­bians will be em­ployed dur­ing the data col­lec­tion for the 2020 cen­sus which will take place in Au­gust 2020. Ac­cord­ingly, the 2020 cen­sus would in­volve about 31, 000 enu­mer­a­tors and 8, 000 su­per­vi­sors among other cen­sus staff at dif­fer­ent lev­els.

It’s good that the would be enu­mer­a­tors would use tablets pre-in­stalled with the data cap­tur­ing ap­pli­ca­tion with a set of val­i­da­tion

rules im­ple­mented to re­duce time of pro­cess­ing and in­crease the re­li­a­bil­ity of the col­lected data.

At least this will im­prove the qual­ity of data col­lected and re­duce the time-lag be­tween data col­lec­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of re­sults.

It’s good that gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on job cre­ation is work­ing. ALICE SAKALA Ndola

Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Minister Alexan­der Chiteme

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