Protests by Unemployed Graduates
In their quest for work, the unemployed graduates of the social
sciences departments protested eight times during the last three
months outside the building of the Ministry of Education ( the last
three took place on: 27 July 2009, 3 and 17 August 2009 respectively).
The representative of the Social Science Society said that ‘it is
shameful that the graduates are standing under the heat of the sun
demanding their right to work, which is guaranteed by the Constitution
and the Charter’.
The Minister of Labour admitted that unemployment among graduates
has increased in recent years. On the other hand, the House of Representatives
has proposed a bill to employ more social workers in schools and
universities. But the Education Ministry had reservations for budget-connected
In order to solve the problem, the Government has established
a committee, which developed a plan. The plan has been approved
by the Economic Development Council. The plan is aiming to allocate
24 million Dinars (US$ 63 million) and is expected to be implemented
in October 2009.