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Holiday Jobs Salvage Students, Assist Parents 

No bookwork and a lot of time are the flip side of the holiday coin.
While some students see the long holidays as time for leisure and enjoyment, others see it as the time to pick a job and make some money.

Students in the second school of thought, therefore look for ways in which they could support their parents by looking for a job from which they can make some money to afford some of their needs when schools resume.

However, most of students who want holiday work, do not want to do odd jobs, reason why they are seen carrying files of applications and other documents moving from one office to another.

The ones who want just any job go for odd jobs when they cannot find office work.

Most parents permit their children to do holiday jobs because they do not want to be idle and become workshops of the devil.
A 14-year-old, Aziri Folem, who sells boiled eggs, explained that his mother started the petty business for him in order for him to be occupied during the holidays.

“I have been doing this for one month now. I boil two trays of eggs (about 60 eggs) daily and the business is really encouraging because people buy all. At the end of the holiday, I’ll use the money to buy my school needs,” he stated.

Many companies have resorted to organising jobs for students during holidays, not only to keep them busy but also to help them financially.
Kezeto Anu, a shopkeeper at Kawa Street Bomaka, Buea, said he employs only students to work in his shop and his main purpose is to provide financial assistance to them as his own way of contributing to nation building.

“I do employ many people in my company, which is also in partnership with other companies. The criterion for employment during this period is that the applicants must be students and will be doing a sort of advertisement for my shop. I get satisfied with the work they do, even though some get tired after working for one, two or three weeks, others come and replace them,” Anu explained.

Emilienne Mbisah of Chief Street Bomaka, who got a temporary job at the GCE Board Head Office in Molyko, Buea, says she works from Mondays to Sundays and this helps to keep her busy during the holidays and also provides her with some finance to assist her when she goes back to school.

Junior Etape Ngole, who does secretarial work at the GCE Board, said working conditions were alright, but added that the FCFA 2,500 he is paid every day is little and needs to be increased, because he intends to buy certain necessities for the next academic year.

However, many apply for jobs, but not all were taken and some are still disgruntled till this period since they had high expectations.
An applicant whose name The Post got as Nene Mokake, who applied at the University of Buea, but was not hired, said she was very disappointed because she already had plans for the money she was going to earn.

Most students see holiday jobs as a blessing as they can utilise the proceeds there-from when they go back to school.

By Enjema Esunge, Collins Makoge & Mercy Atembeh (UB Journalism Students on Internship)

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