Focus on Being Good Role Models – Dr. Suruma to Graduate Teachers

Makerere University Chancellor, drugs Dr. Ezra Suruma has urged the new graduates in the Education profession to ensure discipline emulate an exemplary character required of them.

While presiding over the graduation ceremony on the second day, Dr. Suruma encouraged the teachers to be focused and being good role models citing the example of the late Dr. Senteza Kajubi.

“You must uphold the values of discipline, trustworthy, time management and flexibility if you are to be competitive in the job market,” he remarked.

He challenged the graduates to embrace the spirit of volunteering and exploiting every opportunity so as to build their experience.

“As a volunteer, you may not eventually be considered for employment in a particular organization but the most important thing is the knowledge and skills acquired.”

Chimpreports spoke to Muhwezi Dennis, 26 and Ngudde Lawrence, 25 both graduates of Bachelors of Arts with Education to establish their motivation into the work environment.

Muhwezi observed that teachers have the responsibility of educating Uganda’s children irrespective of the inadequacies that may exist.

“Most teachers are rushing to urban centers leaving the students in rural areas to struggle with poor quality education. As fresh graduates, we ought to challenge ourselves to bridging this gap,” Muhwezi told Chimpreports.


On his part, Ngudde thinks graduates must look beyond their professions and become entrepreneurial. Beside doing his part time job as a teacher whose salary is meager, Ngudde attends to his own salon.

“Schools require experience from fresh graduates which we don’t have as yet. This however doesn’t mean we should sit and wait yet there are opportunities to do business,” he says.

Similary, Muhwezi urged fellow graduates to be enterprising and exploit opportunities in agriculture, farming as well as tourism.

However, both of them emphasized the need for government to address issues like accommodation for teachers, constructing more public schools and fast tracking the process of getting teachers on the payroll.

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