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Juba University lecturers threaten to strike as gov’t averts the situation


October 5, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s ministry of higher education, science and technology has appealed to Juba University administration to give it time to address lecturers’ concerns that led to them threatening to take strike action next Monday.

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University of Juba on Friday announced that its lecturers were planning to strike over a dispute about salaries and allowances.

Lecturers in the higher learning institution have condemned the salary structure, which they say falls well below reasonable expectations and is further compounded by poor conditions for accommodation and other necessities.

However, the newly-appointed minister for higher education, John Gai Yoh, on Saturday said the situation will be rectified and appealed to lecturers to give his ministry two weeks to address their concerns.

Some university staff receive as little as $400 a month, equivalent to a salary of a graduate in the civil service.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Gai said he had already met with the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, to discuss the situation.

He said the president had already directed the minister of finance and economic planning to review the allowance policy for the lecturers by January 2014.

It is not yet clear whether the planned strike will go ahead on Monday as planned or if it has been cancelled as the university’s administration were not available for comment.

Meanwhile, teachers working in general education marked World’s Teachers’ Day in Juba on Saturday by demanding better services, including accommodation, study tours and higher salaries.


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  • 6 October 2013 09:50, by Naath

    Mr Gai nothing will happen to that uneducated president who doesn’t know the meaning of education,kiir have no clue about all those sort of thing,look he referred the simple case to ministers finance which is nothing to do with department,president kiir is Antigen of all south Sudanese people,he allows thieves steals,loots and lecture lease money,he allows killers to kill and deten innocent people

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    • 6 October 2013 15:34, by Tiger

      Let’s be honesty here interm of what the president should do and what he shouldn’t,Kiir appointed minister of education to solve out all the problems that might occur in any lower education to the higher,that mean if there’s complaint within the institution of education just like what is facing Juba university lecturers,then the minister of education should take the matter to the lawmaker

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      • 6 October 2013 15:41, by Tiger

        The lawmakers shall make it into a law but not the president because Kiir himself get his salary according to what the lawmakers have decide.so please don’t think that the president should do everything by himself.

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  • 6 October 2013 12:26, by Rami Tot

    Kiir has never one day talk about education. fake president a president who does not know the goodness of education.

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    • 6 October 2013 15:58, by Tiger

      My friend rami tot,may our almighty father exalt you and make you become Rami Diit someday ok;now listen to this" I’m not a Kiir fan nor do I like his foreign policy,but I don’t wish him the worse because why,he’s at the same time still our president,that include meand you are both under his leadership until his service is over.people say when you become hateful to someone,you never expect...

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      • 6 October 2013 16:00, by Tiger

        cont..anything good out of that person.

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    • 6 October 2013 19:40, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

      Kiir have Right because he don’t know the Way of Education and he Forgotten that he is one of Chancellor in Universities of South Sudan.

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