President Kaunda presided over the 8th graduation ceremony of the University of Zambia on Saturday (11 December).
President Kaunda presided over the 8th graduation ceremony of the University of Zambia on Saturday (11 December). In his address, Dr. Kaunda stressed the importance of academic freedom.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held in Lusaka's Mulungushi hall. In honour of the occasion traditional dances and music were performed. President Kaunda, who is Chancellor of the University, gave the students their diplomas. There were over 400 graduates at this year's ceremony.
The President devoted much of the speech to the issue of academic freedom. He emphasised that it was essential to enable university teachers or academic workers to do their jobs with integrity and that freedom of inquiry, research and teaching within the university must be maintained. The President added that students' education should assist in making a contribution to society.
Dr. Kaunda's son Waza, who obtained a bachelor of medicine and a bachelor of surgery was among those graduating.
Dr. Kaunda told the graduates that the nation had invested heavily in them and expected some return for that investment.
President Kaunda said in a developing country like Zambia, university students should experiment and lead rather than blindly follow other people's practices.