Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Saviour Kasukuwere says the National Youth Service (NYS) is to be resuscitated with a new outlook as soon as the ministry receives funding.
Kasukuwere said there was a concept paper on the revised NYS framework compiled by an inter-ministerial committee which has been drafted.
The concept paper is yet to be presented to Cabinet.
“We are making sure that this programme is done perfectly. It is going to be for the youths who would have finished their Ordinary and Advanced levels and want to go to university,” he said.
“We are still coming up with a model. The girls have been complaining that they are forced to cut their hair, so we are trying to make the programme comfortable with them, so we are still coming up with it.”
He went on: “Another thing is that the model we are working on is where one is being given a grant to go to university; he will then provide time for national service for example if he is doing mechanical engineering he can be attached to Chipinge rural district after finishing his course working there, that way the government takes back what it would have given through the NYS.”
He disputed the NYS would start from pre-school.
Kasukuwere said the NYS has representatives from all the three political parties hence it was not partisan.
The minister said they had studied NYS programmes in other countries which led them into coming up with a framework for Zimbabwe.