10,000 Zambian youths jostle for 1,500 police jobs

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Over 10,000 jobless youths thronged a stadium in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to fight for 1,500 job opportunities in the country’s police as the southern African nation faces a huge problem of youth unemployment, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Friday. American Jobs
The unemployed youths, from all over the country, had applied to join the Zambia Police following an advertisement which was published in the local media.
Zambia Police Service Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda said 10,000 youths from across the country had shown interest in joining the service.
“We had over 10,000 applicants after which we looked at the grades and those with good results are the ones who were invited for the physical fitness test,” she was quoted as saying by the paper.
The job-seekers are expected to undergo physical fitness tests in the first phase before being subjected to aptitude tests, she added.
The police spokesperson said the service could not recruit all the job seekers because it has only been the authority to recruit 1,500 officers this year.
Zambia faces a huge challenge of youth unemployment with figures from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) showing that the country only has about 500, 000 people in formal employment out of a total labor force of 3 million.
Youths form 68 percent of the country’s population. Enditem

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