President Museveni has warned students that universities are not theatres or squares for rioting but rather places for study.
Speaking at the 16th graduation ceremony for Kyambogo University on Wednesday, Museveni said students should focus on studying rather than organizing riots while at university.
“This is an address for study and not rioting. If you want to riot go to some other place. This is a centre of learning, discussion, intellectuality and civilization but not a centre of bad manners,”Museveni said.
Several public universities have in the past experienced demonstrations by students over a number of issues ranging from fees increment to poor feeding.
Last month, Makerere University experienced a nasty strike by students over a 15 percent fees increment that saw them destroy property at the university, prompting police and the military to quell the protest.
President Museveni applauded the Kyambogo University management for stabilizing the institution and to ensure studies continue at the institution of higher learning.
“I thank the university management led by Prof. Elly Katunguka for stabilizing the university. I also congratulate the management and council for ensuring Kyambogo students are doing what they are meant to do- study. I have no doubt the team here was the right one to lead the university.”
Museveni also noted that he was pleased that the university was providing programs in line with government’s strategy of providing human capital to transform the country.
“I must appreciate the University for being responsible for training teachers for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions throughout the country. Education provided here plays a crucial role in helping Uganda achieve its goals.”
He urged graduands to ensure their skills address the needs of the society they live in, but also urged them to be patriotic, positive-minded, disciplined and above all, have integrity.
A total of 8892 students have graduated during the 16th graduation for Kyambogo University.