Home | News    Tuesday 7 June 2016

S. Sudan: University lecturers defy orders to end strike

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 06, 2016 (JUBA) - The teaching staff in South Sudan’s five public universities have defied orders by the higher education minister to end strikes over unpaid wages.

JPEG - 63 kb
South Sudan minister of higher education Peter Adwok Nyaba (2nd Right) is welcome by South Sudan students’ leader Abraham Thon (R) as South Sudan deputy head of mission in Kampala Ador Akok (2nd Left) looks on. September 17, 2011. Kampala, Uganda. (Photo: ST/Philip Thon Aleu)

During a meeting convened at Juba University Monday, the teaching staff urged minister Peter Adwok Nyaba to withdraw his “threatening letter or resign.”

“We are going to write a very strong letter in response to this letter of the minister. He has to apologise or else we call for his resignation,” Philip Apollo, the spokesman for South Sudan Public Universities Staffs’ Association told reporters Monday.

The lecturers claim the vice chancellors were "becoming a thorn” within the teaching staffs.

“We want to include our VC [Vice Chancellor] because he is becoming a thorn to us. He is also to be notified in the letter that if he continue intimidating, we will also call for his removal,” further stressed the spokesperson for the staff association.

Minister Adwok, in a letter dated 2 June 2016, ordered the lecturers to end with immediate effect their strike or “face punitively consequences” for continued striking.

Most of the lecturers, who are earn between SSP 10,000 ($250) and SSP 17,000 ($450) say these “meagre wages” were usually not paid on time. They now say failure by the government to pay their salaries and the threats to have them dismissed from the university clearly indicates government’s insensitivity to the teaching staff welfare.

The education minister, however, denied accusations labelled by the staff against him.

“The delay is because of the current economic situation in the country. Once there is money, they will be paid and this is what I said,” Adwok told Sudan Tribune Monday.

“As for their arrears, they will be paid when the country is in position to pay people,” he added, but did not elaborate further on the matter.

South Sudan’s economy is in a crisis after conflict led to closure of oilfields and lower global oil prices. Oil revenues account for more than 98% of the country’s annual budget.

The state-owned universities of Juba, John Garang Memorial University, Rumbek, Upper Nile and Western Bahr El-Ghazal have not paid staffs for three months. The teaching lecturers have reportedly not received transport, housing and medical allowances for 10 months, prompting them to lay down their tools two weeks ago.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 7 June 2016 09:50, by Redeemer

    Adwok
    You should know that the usual threatening nature of rebels cannot work, try to behave

    repondre message

  • 7 June 2016 16:39, by Hardlinner

    how does Kiir and his two vices pay themselves and leaving the rest of south Sudanese unpaid. remember, those lecturers got to pay their groceries and rent. non sympathetic attitude of south Sudanese leaders is the reason why the country is poor and holding too many rebellions. leaders are just like lions in S. Sudan. no love and compassion toward one another.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)

Without meaningful change Sudan will descend into chaos 2018-02-16 11:14:31 Economic failures, armed conflicts, and power struggles within the regime have pushed Sudan towards a tipping point By Ahmed H Adam Sudan's political crisis has reached its worst since the coup (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.