Graduates Worried Over Unpaid Resettlement Packages
Graduated trainees for the last two cohorts at Mulanje Vocational School for the Blind have expressed worry over delays by the institution to give them their resettlement packages which they receive after graduation.
President of the 2021 cohort Dorica Chitsulo says each time they ask school authorities, they are told that the institution has no fuel for the distribution exercise.
“We are failing to put into practice the knowledge we gained from the school due to lack of capital and it appears we did not gain anything from the school,” said Chitsulo.
On his part, the 2022 cohort President James Namame said the package currently pegged at seventy thousand kwacha is not even enough to start business with.
“How can we start a business with a package of seventy thousand kwacha with the current inflation rate? It would have been better if the package was pegged at K250, 000 to match with the current situation,” said Namame.
The school’s principal Adam Mlagha has attributed delays to disburse the packages to lack of fuel and he said once they get funds for fuel from the treasury, they will disburse the packages starting with the last year cohort.
“Of late the cash flow has not been consistent and sometimes we receive funds for packages only and after some months we get funds for fuel and this confuses the disbursement process but we are hopeful that soon we will receive funds for the distribution exercise,” said Mlagha.
After graduating from a ten-month vocational training the graduated trainees are given some packages as capital to start businesses with and since 2018 the package has been pegged at seventy thousand kwacha.