President Jakaya Kikwete has advised University of Dodoma students to avoid engaging in politics and instead, they should concentrate on their studies.
Kikwete made the remarks here yesterday shortly after he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University Chancellor Benjamin Mkapa during the UDOM first graduation ceremony.
The first 1,020 students graduated in various disciplines.
An honorary doctorate was awarded posthumously to the late Rashid Mfaume Kawawa which was received by his wife.
“You should concentrate on what brought you here, avoid things which will distract you from that focus …Ask the politicians who will follow you if when they were studying they were treated the same way,” Kikwete said.
He told the students to tell the politicians that they should wait until they finish their studies, if they wanted to recruit them.
“Tell them we shall meet after we complete our studies … give them free advice,” Kikwete said.
He said the government has been creating enabling environment for students to study comfortably hence urging them to concentrate on their studies so that they could perform and serve the nation well.
For his part, the UDOM Vice Chancellor Professor Idris Kikula said the University has been facing a number of challenges when employing professional and other staff.
He said the university has received a number of applications from people seeking employment but most of them failed to meet the qualifications sought by the university. Others presented forged certificates, he said.
“This situation has affected the entire employment process,” Prof Kikula said.
He said the University also faced shortages of human resources, especially professional staff, a problem which has plagued the institution since its establishment.
“If we will succeed to employ the number of staff we have been given and add the current ones then the university will have a total of 978 staff,” he said.