The Parents Society of South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) has cautioned the university students not to fall prey to bankrupt political elements and be misguided over the SAITM issue.
In a statement issued the society said: "We, the Parents Society of SAITM, wish to strongly oppose the recent developments that the country witnessed in terms of the island-wide protests of the university students which culminated with a walk to Colombo.
Whilst we sympathise with the students involved, who have been misguided and led away from their studies which should be the priority, it’s the view of the society that a few bankrupt political parties as well as politicians rejected by the masses and a very small section of Government Doctors are attempting to use the said students to further their narrow minded and selfish motives.
We strongly appeal to the students and the parents of the students not to fall prey to these unscrupulous elements urging them to conduct such protests and civil disobedience campaigns and return to their studies to ensure that the future of both the younger generation and the country is secured and bright.
Further we wish to remind the said section of persons that students of SAITM are fellow citizens of this country and they too should have the freedom for education. We also wish to strongly emphasise that there is a clear difference in the distinction of free education which in this case is free of payment and freedom of education. All peace-loving citizens of Sri Lanka are requested to respect this right of the student community of the country as well as to urge especially the university students to return to their studies for which reason they are in the said institution."