An Algerian government decision that requires graduate workers hired on “pre-employment contracts” to waive their degrees in exchange for the guarantee of a permanent job has provoked controversy.
Officials say the government has for years been trying to stop the costly programme, under which university graduates get jobs on contracts paid for by the state and later transition to a permanent job.
The new decision requiring graduate workers hired on such contracts to waive their degrees in exchange for permanent employment means that in effect they will be accepting jobs at levels beneath their qualifications.
Students are split in their reactions to the new condition.
Mehdi Kadri, a graduate of the University of Blida 2 Lounici Ali, at El Affroun, southwest of Algiers, told Al-Fanar Media: “Our university studies cannot be wasted for the sake of a government plan to silence us and get rid of the pre-employment contracts. We will continue the struggle until this condition is dropped.”
Kadri, who has a master’s degree in history, has been organising sit-ins in front of government offices to demand that the condition be dropped, and that graduates be employed at a level that respects their degrees.