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South Sudan to halt financial support students studying abroad


By Philip Thon Aleu

March 21, 2011 (KAMPALA) – The government of southern Sudan (GOSS) will reduce financial support to students studying in neighboring east African countries in order to inject more money to home based universities, an official told Sudan Tribune.

Lual Akol Nhial, GOSS Liaison Educational Attaché to Uganda speaking in Kampala. (ST)

Lual Akol Nhial, GOSS Liaison Educational Attaché to Uganda, notes that continuing students will not be affected. "Those who are joining their academic studies from [the academic year] 2010 onward, should be joining our national universities in Southern Sudan,” said Akol.

"On those [students] who are within the support of the government… will be going [on with their studies] until they finished. The support will be put back to home universities," he added.

Thousands of former student refugees from South Sudan are continuing their studies in East Africa despite return of peace six years ago. The Juba government decided to extend annual financial support to students in neighboring countries in 2006.

That money did not cover academic year tuition fees but was a significant assistance given high tuition fees charge for foreign students by Ugandan universities.

South Sudanese voted to succeed from the north in January referendum that resulted from the 2005 peace accord which ended two decades north-south civil war. Facing financial difficulties, most universities in South Sudan, including Juba University, have delayed 2011 academic programs till May.

Reducing financial support to students is aimed at paying much more attention to education universities in South Sudan.


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  • 24 March 2011 07:13, by Kolnyang youth

    Bravo TO mr. Lual Akol development of South Sudan Universities should be the priority of Goss to achieved academic competition in Africa.

    come back students to your universities in South Sudan instead of wasting a lot of money in Uganda but the same degree .


    • 24 March 2011 07:24, by Anti_Land_Grabbers.

      No any single student from Equatoria province study abroad using your money. just tell your tribes or state.
      No one want to hear this ugly and corrupt mouth in our province.
      be bless sir.

      • 24 March 2011 07:53, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

        stupid LRA aka Anti_Land_ckeaning when will you ugly poor boy so called omonio de otraio understand the good leadership of Mighty superpower DINKA?
        either you like it or not you life is under the shadow of my brother Mr Akol Kordit
        there is no room for you mr anti land cleaning keep follow your LRA gang.
        If you don’t like DINka. kill yourself dog

        • 24 March 2011 11:13, by gais juvan

          Dear Folks,
          I still does know why we a speaking and writing words that signfigure our own culture. At first our old people does have much hatred like what we are now doing! i could not understand whether it was because all have similar culture.
          WHAT DO I MEAN!!
          Culturewise, all south have MARKS on their BODIES and some TEETH being removed, but later some tribe disputted this and avoid that til now.
          But now that some tribes remain doing that, and other odes not, Does it mean those who are still giving MARKS and Removing teeth are halfway burried that why they could not understand!! Are you trying to mourned for your flesh that was burried? The teeth of your father or mother that were removed? sometime we have to learn to understand and be one as southerners. Somebody said to me he hate himselves to be born a DINKA, i don’t understand till now, and i too keep his words. i hate myslef too to be.....
          If you are still Mourning you burried teeth, or flash of your....,, forget now.

          • 24 March 2011 13:49, by AdierCien

            In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
            gais juvah!
            What are you insinuating like that?
            I’m really asking you,why don’t you conclude your feeling of that personal tribe of yours if you were happen to have talk with DINkA man who hate himself being born DINKA.
            Are you trying to minimise DINKA community? At that age of yours I think if you’re still failing to understand why other tribe especially DINKA still in possession of their ancestors’culture,Im telling you, you are in trouble. Dinka still carry that believes because they love their culture and it is all about them. It is not my duty to inform you about them. I can’t allow you to come up with that great great grandparents’ ideas. I can’t say primitive way of thinking no. What I know most to these DINKA is that they are very proud of themselves. Therefore,you can’t find Dinka Man or woman telling you I hate myself to be born a DINKA never,never. It is a true No,gais my brother I quote you as a liar.
            I am not a Dinka by tribe,let me expose my personal identification to you but a south Sudanese real citizen,I don’t pretend to be this tribe today, tomorrow Im another tribe no but a south Sudanese.
            May Almighty God Bless south Sudan.

      • 24 March 2011 07:54, by Kolnyang youth

        Anti-land grabbers!!!

        You are not right because most of students studying in Ug and kenya are Equatorians because during war many equatorians pretend to be Kawa ,Kuku .madi ,Acholi and turkana tribe .

        after war they came to South Sudan and are now South Sudanese schooling now in Uganda .


        • 24 March 2011 08:14, by Anti_Land_Grabbers.

          Dinka dominated shiit and kuolmanyang youth,
          The truth hurt you idiots.I study in Nairobi and completed my school in Nairobi,kenya,
          I never, and i will never use Goss money unless my future kids.
          Most the students from the great Equatoria,God’s given beautiful land they did/do not use your money.
          we do have our own individuals money.

      • 24 March 2011 08:06, by Shuillk kingdom

        The problem with those students at home is"everybody want to come to abroad just because of the stories they hear or their friends tells them about such as enjoyment ,freedom,girls,drinking parties..etc.that is why many of them come & fail to study. Please we got many universities back home with intellegent lectures,&if going to abroad is the case, then you can go for a visit in your vacations (if you are in the position to do so)then go back home for your studies.
        Back to the topic,That is a brav ideas to focus on improving home univesities,& please Goss dupty ensure that those students who are in abroad already finish their studies in peace by providing the necessery needs,stop eating,cuting their fees..i can wait to go back home to be a part of that improvement process.

  • 24 March 2011 08:02, by Madina Kebir

    Philip Thon Aleu.

    I think there is a right of individual and citizens rights to choose any place in the world to study what they wanted therefore, the Idea of blocking fund to them or limiting fund from Southern Sudanese citizens who want to studies in Uganda, Kenya and others nations is a bad Idea. The univeristies within Southern Sudan are so lacking of materials, lacking of good teachers, and they are all none modern construction not to mention underdevelopment on doors and if anyone want to study in Uganda, Kenya why should those Students be subject for funding if we need to rebuilding Southern Sudan.? Building new nation need more Ideas and skillsful learning and there is no need for GOSS to limiting the needs of the people who want to tast their freedom they were been struggle and dies for.

    The money which GOSS will pay for students in those countries are small than what these Students will help for the nation. For example, the late Dr. John Garang de Mabior study his primary school in Tonj and went to Rumbek Secondary schol then, he moved to East Africa school and later he went to U.S. to finishing his PhD. Although he is not longer with us, he had contributed in the struggle 70 times more than those Southern Sudanese students who done their education at Khartoum universities and I don’t see any reason why the Financial minister should be objected to citizens who wanted a better education and better life for tomorrow. We need to thinks big in long term and short term as well.

    Young people in the world are very open up to see how their government is treating them and they want their government to do what they really wanted and I hope Southern Sudan officials are watching too closely what is going on in North Africa. This is about accountability for the government to support young people, because this is become most focusing in the world and should not be ignore the fact that, the nature of human beings are changing base on the new generations don’t like cheating in their future. Please may you advise the president of Southern Sudan not to limited the fund for the young people to studies in anywhere in the world and thank.

    • 24 March 2011 09:33, by AdierCien

      In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen.
      Dear Medina Kabiir:
      I’ve read through your comment and it is very interesting that you reminded south Sudan govt and education Minister to do focusing on financial support program to students studying abroad as before. Well,you’re right but what I can see is like they are trying to improve on Home Education Program more over,they are still in progress of helping students in foreign countries. I, speaking to you,I’m not in Sudan or South Sudan either and I did not received any support from south Sudan’s govt one day. Today,very many south Sudanese are studying scattered around the globe,let me say it like that and what most of them are lookin’ for is to bring south Sudan under a most profitable region in Africa. I think,this is very important thing that the Education Minister should consider this opportunity to moves with students together equally without borders.
      May Almighty God Bless south Sudan.

  • 24 March 2011 09:23, by harry

    The fund should be limited to graduate school only. Meaning, if any student who obtained their undergraduate degrees wants to study abroad, he/she must apply for graduate schools (indicating area of interest and type of graduate degrees, for example, masters, Phd, etc,) through GoSS ministry of Education first.

    And then the ministry would evaluate his/her application for approval to study abroad. I believe this way we can eliminate high cost associated with study abroad.

    Study abroad must be dedicated for Masters and Phds programs that are not available at homeland universities and colleges, or any higher vocational or technical field certificates that would ensure immediate employment upon graduation in the homeland. Thanks.


    • 24 March 2011 12:12, by Akuma

      Halt financial support to students abroad may not affect any student studies because there some students who begin their studies without government support and they have finish. Does halting means if they are not supported, they will completed their studies? Southern Sudan is a nation, they should keep helping their students because they will help government in rebuilding their nation.

      Dr. Akuma

  • 24 March 2011 19:03, by Haak

    dear readers,

    sincerely speaking, some time i wonder and fail to understand why you always mix contrary issues, if i may asked what mix tribalism with halting of financial support from GOSS? sometime ladies and gentlemen let’s be objective and focused on what can take us forward.

    concerning the halt of financial support to students, am personally of view that, those who never got the support be the one to get the support this time, surely Hon. Lual Akol it will seem as if the GOSS is discriminating the others students. forexample, for those of you who believed in tradition and culture, how can father or mother feed some of the children and leaving other starving with in the same family? it can’t happen, which the same apply here.

    my next last question would be what of those who have finished their courses before the support reach us yet their budget is inclusive of whatever the support come, are they going to receive or what are we going to do with their share in the support?


  • 25 March 2011 06:16, by marie

    People in GOSS does not know how to run the system for students to study abroad. Following Adisababa agreement, the high executive council talked to a number of countries such as Egypt, Yugoslavia, Soviet Union and many other to offer scholarship to its students.
    The government of those countries cover the tuition while the government of Southern Sudan provided the living allowance.
    But the case of this present GOSS, people go to these countries looking for admission and the government pays for everything, this is completely wrong.
    The funds spent on these students should be utilize to improve our universities and other post secondary institutions.

  • 25 March 2011 12:53, by amon

    Some of us who are studying in private schools here even do not benefit from the so called GOSS money.Some people have become rich in days or months from this money forgetting that some of us wasted most of our times in the bush to make this money available in their pockets now.

    Others spent most of their time in the refugee camps, getting better education and now wants to force us go and joint home based schools to be thought by those under paid teachers.

    Let me tell you Lual, some of us will complete our education with or without GOSS money, but remember time will come, the wind that started blowing in north will sweep all Africa.

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