May 02, 2018

Development Officers' training period slashed

The ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs says that interviews to recruit unemployed graduates to the government sector, have now been concluded.

Additional secretary of the ministry, Asanga Dayaratne has said that a shortlisted group of 20,000 graduates would be given appointments as Development Officers (DO) next month.

However, this group will only include individuals who had graduated on or before Dec. 31, 2016.

Accordingly, these 20,000 graduates will receive a monthly allowance of Rs. 20,000 during the year-long training period. They will be made permanent after the training, the additional secretary said.

He added that around 57,000 graduates had come for interviews from around the island.

Meanwhile, he further said that the government has decided to cut down the two-year training period of DOs by half.

Unemployed graduates to hit the streets

Meanwhile, the Unemployed Graduate Association says that applicants who were over the age of 35 and those who had graduated after Dec. 31, 2016 had not made the above cut.

Noting that their demands have not been met, the Association also says that attempts are taken to provide jobs for just a handful of graduates despite the President pledging to provide employment to all of them.

Adding that the government is playing with their lives and belittling their degrees and as well as postgraduate degrees,  the Association says that they will hold a protest demonstration on May 08 to ensure employment for all 57,000 graduates.