‘Mantoetse Maama MASERU — A record 2908 students graduated from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) yesterday. The chancellor of the National University of Lesotho, King Letsie III, congratulated students for their achievement at a time when the university had gone through rough patches. He said although there is a global financial crisis government has, through the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS), prioritised education by offering 500 more students scholarships.
NUL has been in turmoil since last year. Financial problems, labour unrest, student strikes and differences over the restructuring programme have buffeted the university. But the King said he was pleased that the graduates had succeeded against the odds. “We need peace and stability in this university and in our country,” the King said. The result of that perseverance was the highest number of graduates since the university became known as NUL 37 years ago.
Vice-Chancellor Sharon Siverts said the university is committed to building a disciplined workforce and improving the country. She said the university has to go through the restructuring process to ensure its global competitiveness and improve its faculties.
She reminded the graduates that the country and parents had invested in their education and they should not disappoint. She said the university was also working on reviewing its curriculum and technology.