Graduates warned on corruption
Posted Thursday, January 24 2013 at 09:16
The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University has asked graduands to shun corruption, saying the vice can only be fought by the young generation.
Speaking during the second day of the university’s 63rd graduation ceremony yesterday, Prof. John Ddumba Ssentamu said wealth gained through corruption will be washed away at some point.
“I know you are heading into a world filled with competition and you will need to amass wealth in the shortest time possible because your age mates have the same. But ensure that you do not gain wealth through corruption because it is not sustainable,” Prof. Ssentamu said.
At least 3,487 graduates from the College of Business and Management Sciences and College of Computing and Information Sciences were awarded degrees and certificates.
University officials ordered an investigation into allegations that students at the college of business paid administrators between Shs300,000 and Shs600,000 to alter their results to improve their grades.
Subsequently, at least four officials from the academic registrars department were arrested and quizzed.
Results of at least 4,000 students were withheld for further verification. Investigations are still on-going.
Out of 12,422 students set to graduate, 248 were awarded first class degrees.
The college of computing had 35 students attaining first class degrees, the highest in the university.
Officials at the college attribute the success to different projects that students engaged in.