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By Ngor Arol Garang

December 26, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — South Sudan President General Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed the regional Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to come up with legislation enforcing adherence to required completive standards in higher learning institutions to attain excellence.

He said it is imperative to make the region’s education system comparable by matching standards to those of other countries in the region and beyond.

Kiir was speaking to number of university teaching assistants and professors who paid him a Christmas visit at his residence in Juba, saying the legislation is vital, especially with the growing need of number of higher learning institutions.

The head of southern Sudan administration said high standards of education will attract students both from within and outside the region.

"Our children used to travel out of the region seeking better education system in eastern African countries because there was war, this can be addressed if parliament legislate strong policy," he said.

He pledged to offer support to the southern Universities. This is why cabinet meetings resolved to give priorities to security, education and agriculture in the draft budget of the 2010, he adds.

The President said southern populace not him can prove that ministry of education has made tremendous progress in the provision of education in the recent past, this trend should be encouraged.

Some of our children from all states are currently studying abroad on government scholarship, he said mentioning Egypt, Southern Africa and indeed all Eastern Africa countries except Burundi.

He went further to say that his government has put in place enabling policies that allow individuals and organizations to set up educational institutions without difficulties.

The government is encouraging the concept of public-private partnership which should be a platform for economic development he said; adding he is happy that the southern universities are currently run by indigenous who are showing interest to develop them with financial assistance from government.

Such initiatives deserve support as it is clear that those behind it did not wait for government but were driven by the will to succeed, he stressing that what his government has achieved in four years is remarkable and something that should be appreciated.

President Kiir said the impact that university education has made on the few southern Sudan people should not be underestimated stressing university education should reach out to all corners of the region in coming years despite many challenges facing the regional government.

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  • 27 December 2009 02:28, by Dinka Boy

    Thanks Salva Kiir for your encouragement.
    We Southeners want higher studying to help many illeterate people.

    Also we need educated people who can manage most of the mininsteries that knew nothing about income statements, balance sheet, cash flows, and bank reconciliation.

    The wide spread of education in the South will help alot in any branches of governmnet in the South,and also in the local administration too.
    Thanks

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    • 27 December 2009 03:41, by Oduko

      Well Kiir killer, good move but who well listen to you as the whole nation knows that you are not educated which simply show that you are not meant to be there leader !! due of you came to power by coup or by nearly took up arms against DR’s who may knows how to run country instead of dictetorship that you introduced to Southerners... but me so pround cause Neur and Qqautorian are not ready for Military Government of you and your D.K wilds,, in facts your D.K. wilds already implemented your way of rullings which now cause world to believe South will be fail STATE what A shame:-(

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      • 27 December 2009 04:24, by Dinka Boy

        Yes that is what you guys have been doing in the war.
        You leave us in the war mr food lovers ,mr nyanyam/dor,and mr Splm-Dc traitors.
        Thanks

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      • 27 December 2009 04:27, by wech

        You people dont have lives. why you guys always posted useless articles in this discussion board. im sick of all these stupid stuff you guys are saying about any tribe, goverment leaders and the politicians. can you guys learn to appreciate little and learn to admire others who work to make south sudan a better for all of us. an action is better than passive. why do you guys always use passive then action. have little judgement for our country instead of being critic all the times

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      • 27 December 2009 04:40, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        Dude, why are you employing non dinkas as slaves to enhance your images without payment? how many times did public servants gone on strike without a single piece of pound in their pockets. Ministers celebrating xmass like everyone else, what does it mean to you? Is this a sign of unity to the people of South Sudan? BIG NO you are messing up the government. In fact Equatorians are 75% volunteers in the Government of sick services GOSS eg teachers and doctors. The agony is sitting on four main problems, that you and your weak tribal government must act accordingly.

        To make unity and your dream education come truth you first neeed to comply to the four major burning issues in South. First hand leadership to capable doctors or honourbale, secondly return your zany dinkas to their states, thirdly stop attacking other innocent communities, and last get rid of arabs behaviours on yourselves. Fullfilling the the above mentional issues will bring unity and proper implementation of education to the people of South Sudan, otherwise we are heading for a bloody storm that states and tribes will stand accordingly. Talking about something that you are unable to improve makes no difference to your image or the nation.

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      • 27 December 2009 05:37, by Dr.Agany

        This is what Kiir is saying to help u. Look at ur English now!!! and u are not ashame of it either!! I won’t be commenting here if i were u. Ur english is a dead one and what the president is saying is what u are now havin. Some people of ur characters in south sudan assume that they are educated when they learn a little broken english like u do here. Wake up and go to school, leave all these politics that u engage urself in without anything in mind. Get the right stuff b4 u talk.

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      • 27 December 2009 05:46, by Angelo Ajiech Manyuat

        Oduko or whatever you called your name. Your writing has shown that you’re an ilegitimate child who don’t know nothing about education nor taught how to respect elders. Mr. President Kiir, thanks for telling educators to enhance and rise the standard of education in Southern Sudan so that our students will not leave again to seek better education in the neighboring countries and the Weatern world. As a matter of fact, the war is a little calm now which means that the GOSS is suppose to build more schools and hire more capable teachers who knows how to teaches very well. Thus, Southern Sudan needs young people like us who have knowledge of technology and ambition of wanting Southern Sudan to be the best country in Africa.

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    • 27 December 2009 04:36, by maumau

      Mr. Kiir, that is a good start, it is a matter of long term investment in the human resource and infrastructure. We need establishment of institutions of learning and giving scholarships on merit to our would be prefessors/lecturers. If you fight corruption and tribalism, your dreams will come true. Kiir, We know that your Doctorate which was awarded to you from Kisumu is questionable but you can benefit from those universities you are talking of. Please convince our MPs to pass a legislation which will establish for us institutions of learning.

      MAUMAU

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      • 27 December 2009 05:56, by wang

        Poor Education, no job and will live in poor neighbourhoods for the rests of their lives.
        Improving the regional education systems are not too bad at all, but I doubtd your promise Mr. President.

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        • 27 December 2009 06:38, by Dinka Boy

          Mr Wang,
          higher education will help those illiterate like Matip Nhial and alikes to know A,B,C,D,F etc.

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          • 27 December 2009 06:55, by wang

            Yea, you right Mr Dinka Boy, but don’t forget only 25% in our region can write and read. So Matip is not the only one need higher education. Thank.

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          • 27 December 2009 07:06, by maumau

            Dinka Boy,

            However much you challenge our SPLA deputy chairman, Matip Nhial, he is busy enjoying his position and is making tours to western world any time. So brother, let us learn to respect our leaders, they are finishing their terms and leaving them for us.

            MAUMAU

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