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South Sudan students stranded in Ugandan fee strike


By Philip Thon Aleu

February 2, 2011 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese are among international students affected by tuition fee increases at Kampala International University (KIU), Sudan Tribune has learnt.

Kampala International University (Kampala City Guide)

A South Sudanese student identified as Samuel told the Sudan Tribune that the situation is worsening.
“Since the 27th [January, 2011], we have not had lessons due to striking students,” he said.

KIU students are striking following tuition fee increases to US $5,000 per year for international students. The students are demanding revocation of the increase.

Thousands of South Sudanese students, displaced to the east African country during the 1983—2005 north-south civil war, are continuing higher education here. As the south is waiting to split from the north, the education sector, is facing numerous difficulties.

“I don’t know whether I will be able to support myself again,” another student said. “This is big money,” he added.


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  • 4 February 2011 03:08, by Anyang

    Be patience guys, things will be back to normal.

    • 4 February 2011 03:57, by Victory

      5,000$ per year?for what when its not worth it?this is nonsens those ugandans are the most greedy people who are after sudanese money,why pay such amount when there is no good quality of education?the graduate from east africa comes out with nothing except lugana,kswahili language,bad english accent,i advise my fellow southern to be patient,soon you will get out from that poor country called uganda,for God sake if its not we the southern Sudanese developed their country.

      • 4 February 2011 05:19, by the landlord

        yesterday here in UK there where talk about south sudan education systim very soon we will have best systim of education in south sudan no metter what Ugandan are doing

      • 4 February 2011 08:04, by King Tut

        That is unfortunate for the international students,the fees keep spiraling up every new year.I think it become a kind of system for the university in question.

        KIU is not the best university around in Uganda,although fees every where are relatively high for international students,KIU is far ahead in exploiting foreign students.

        I would advise my fellow South Sudanese students who want to continue their studies in higher education here in Uganda to avoid KIU.It is not the best in term of facilities,there are other institutions better than it.

        Victory,be reminded that Southern Sudanese studying in Uganda are among the best the South have and will have in the future.You can’t blindly criticize the whole education system and dubs it a Luganda,Kiswahili and poor accent one.That is so ignorant of you.

        • 4 February 2011 10:05, by Victory

          Kind Tut,

          Believe me this is what i have experienced last time(xmas 2009) when i visited South Sudan,i meet a quite number of east africa product & i was terrified by their rough accent,sorry to say that,but i love them though.

      • 4 February 2011 08:49, by sam Dut

        i really don’t know where you got that information from.i am student at KIU but current there is nothing like that.i pay 1010 dollars per semester.2020 dollars per year not 5000 dollars.maybe the source of the information is doing it for personal gain.

        second stop abusive language in the media.English is not our language.there is different between quality education and language. believe me or not 98% of those working in Southern Sudan are product of East Africa education system.

  • 4 February 2011 08:07, by Space

    UK talking of our education! what the hell are you talking about? Are you a Southerner? Anywhow, we are capable of doing everything like indepedent of the South Sudan without UK help. you get it? I also doubt your education.

  • 4 February 2011 09:33, by Major

    The issue of International students being charged higher tuition fee is not only in East Africa but worldwide, but the degree varies from institution to Institution, and within an institution, it also varies according to faculties.

    It’s a wrong idea to generalized that Education in East Africa is poor, average speaking, 75% of the southerner who are currently employed (between the age of 18-35) have their education background from EA. we did not go to E A to Learn their Languages (everybody know what took us there) on the other hand we manage to attained the knowledge which can be portrayed in our services.

    I would rather encourage us to send our children to E A for education (as we wait for our own education system setup) than send them to Khartoum to go and study in Arabic which will not help them at all.

    • 4 February 2011 11:38, by King Tut

      Yeah,you might be right about a rough accent,but does that matter? Not everyone has to sound like a Londoner or a Yankee.Regional and local languages influence can pretty much be the factors in the way someone sound when he speak English.
      However,having an accent influenced by the many factors in the region does not warrant calling someone poorly educated.I’m in Uganda myself and pursuing a Degree,I believe like everyone else out here that the education I’m getting is worth the cost and time that I have to go through.Don’t belittle us dear.

      To my friend from KIU,
      yes maybe the fees that you suppose to pay remain the same,but it seems you don’t know the university rules which exclude the continuing international student from fees increment.What I mean to say is that,you are maybe a continuing student hence can’t be affected by the changes in the fees structure.If you want to know the truth ask your fellow students who are suppose to begin their first class in the university this year.There might be such a high charge.

  • 4 February 2011 14:57, by Lokeji

    It seems we have payback sufficiently to our east african brothers for their stands with us during our liberation struggh and more especifically uganda.Uganda for the last five years of the interim period had fatten her economy seriously and has been conformed by many regional and international economical bodies.
    I think no one will arguing with me, when i say uganda economy is more healthier than before sudan C.P.A and this economic growth is all because of the new market ( south sudan). south sudan import 90% of it’s basic and secondary needs from most of the east africa countries and uganda is the leading supplier.
    I think its enough now that we begin to establish and erect our economic by turning from consumming country to productive and suppling nation in the region.
    Regarding the issue of sending our students to east African unversities to attain bachor degrees, its better for our government to use this money in improving our domestic universities, because it’s known to many that our government is exerting sufficient efford to sponsor some students in their studies.
    Yesterday the governor of the central bank of south sudan(BOSS)Elijah Malok was saying that there is an inflation in south sudan and he stress that this can lead to economic collapse of the new nation before it’s birth and in my perception the student cost or whatever you call it, can be counted as one of the derivatives that let to this inflation. all the goods and services bought from these east African nations are paid in hard currencies ( Dollars).I think all of us know the importance of this hard currency in every country’s economic.

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