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State intern jobs reduce by 730 on lack of cash

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Graduates queue for job interviews. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The number of university graduates employed under the State internship programme has fallen by 729 this year amid a cash crunch that has seen ministries and agencies barred from hiring new staff.
  • The Public Service Commission (PSC) said 2,421 interns will be deployed to various ministries, departments and agencies(MDAs) from January 25, marking a drop from last year’s 3,150 recruits.


The number of university graduates employed under the State internship programme has fallen by 729 this year amid a cash crunch that has seen ministries and agencies barred from hiring new staff.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) said 2,421 interns will be deployed to various ministries, departments and agencies(MDAs) from January 25, marking a drop from last year’s 3,150 recruits.

The interns, drawn from a range of courses including engineering, business, education, humanities and animal sciences, are posted in state office across the 290 constituencies.

The 54.6 percent drop further dims hopes for millions of unemployed university graduates who have been banking on the programme to get opportunities in the formal jobs sector.

National Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani in a circular to all ministries and agencies on the preparation of the budget for the 2021/22 year froze recruitment of interns and staff.

“It is, therefore, the policy of the government to contain the wage bill to the medium term targets. In this regard SWGs (Sector Working Groups) should not allocate resources for new recruitment, interns or upgrading unless there is prior approval from the National Treasury,” Mr Yatani said.