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South Sudan education minister “orders closure” of private institutions


May 13, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s Minister of Higher Education has closed all privately owned learning institutions with “immediate effect” leaving thousands of students without a place to study.

Higher Education Minister, Peter Adwok, said the decision was taken after a committee founded in January to evaluate the standard of the institutions discovered that they were of a low standard. Up to ten institutions will be closed.

"After thorough analysis of the Report [of the committee] I … therefore ordered closed with immediate effect all the institutions of which do not meet or fulfill the conditions of providing university education and this includes their license withdrawal,” Adwok told reporters in Juba Thursday.

The outlawed institutions include Southern University, Bridge University, Nile Institute of Technology, Cambridge International College and African Population Institute among others.

The move comes after a long battle between the ministry and private institutions that flocked to South Sudan from from 2006 onwards after a landmark peace deal with Khartoum as signed the previous year.

Last year the government said that 73% of the population could not read and write. South Sudan became independent in July last year and is struggling to recover from decades of conflict and underdevelopment.

Thousands of South Sudanese, many of whom never had a chance for academic studies during the civil war with Sudan registered for courses at the private institutions.

However, the ministry’s committee found that many students attending the higher education courses had not completed basic secondary education.

South Sudan is still struggling to establish a national curriculum as it changes from Arabic to English as official language of instruction in schools.

Minister Adwok said the criteria of the decision as to whether to close the private institutions included the quality of the owners and the qualifications of lecturers and administrators.

The minister said the affected students will have to apply to his ministry for consideration to continue their studies at state institutions. He did not say whether there was a possibility that some of the licenses could be revived.


The students affected by students have described the decision as unfair but others have welcomed the move.

“These institutions were giving academic papers to some people who went to high school. It was corrupting our national education,” a state university student said requesting anonymity.

However a student from Southern University, one of those due to close, said the government had a lot to answer for over the why they allowed the universities to operate in the first place if they were now going to shut them down. He that the decision only served to "punish" the students who were trying to educate themselves.

Minister Peter Adwok said he has written to ministry of legal affairs to take measures against the institutions for “fraudulently fleecing” the students indicating that their existence was illegal.


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  • 14 May 2012 06:43, by Emporio

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and will never be,the closure of private institutions across the nation , because there is no a single institute meet standard require who would believe that scrub Mr minster, if it true you should resign from your job

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    • 14 May 2012 08:11, by Abraham Ayom

      closing downing public universities such as Juba University and private universities is against and denying education access to the citizens. We know what they are doing. All ministers children’s are study in abroad and in Neighboring countries tomorrow they will come and replace their fathers position. leaving common people to suffer for life in their country.

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      • 14 May 2012 08:34, by Ahmed

        ?? ???? ?? ????? ?????

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      • 14 May 2012 11:00, by Malou Manyiel

        Abraham Ayom,

        Let judge things by sensing the reallity, the decision taken by the Minister of Education is 100% right. We better have the quality and standard of educattion but few than having majority private universities in poor quality.

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        • 14 May 2012 12:54, by Abraham Ayom

          Hi Malou,

          The Minister deserve to resign or apologized to the public base on his decision. He act as if he is the only final man at the national level. The decision should have come out from Council of Ministers or National parliament. belief me or not you will one day acknowledge the weakness for this minister

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    • 14 May 2012 08:27, by Abraham Ayom

      Look stupidity, this is totally discouraging Investor in the private sector in South Sudan. illiteracy rate of 98%-73% what can eradicate this? sending millions of dollar to outside country everyday for seeking a better education system is not the solution. Base on the available budget for education, they need to construct goods schools, higher good teachers from outside country for all citizens

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      • 14 May 2012 09:35, by Joseph Canada

        Abraham, Clossing the private Universities that admit students who have never been to high school is not going to prevent the investors in the country. Who would like to waste his company or investment in employing unknwoledgable people? would you? coz I won’t. Therefore, I comment the work of the Ministry in taking that action Earlier!

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        • 14 May 2012 13:10, by Abraham Ayom

          Joseph Canada,

          We know you are working hard day and night. You could be a lost boy in western world and i don’t think if you are qualified for an investment in South Sudan. thereafter you know very well how white people go with their education system only specialization, unlike Africa where people waste more than 15-16 years pursuing basic education without specialization.

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      • 14 May 2012 17:45, by viper

        Abraham, those who have forged certificates from those fake institutions are the ones suppose to apologize for the crimes of forgery in the country. Secondly, no wise investor can work with those holding certificates from non recognized institutions. Mr Adwok is right. Let the wewe go back to where they came from with their fake universities

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        • 14 May 2012 20:50, by Abraham Ayom

          you call investors wewe, you and your uncle Adwork were not bribe or doesn’t own any share on these education investment that is you rushed very fast to announce the closure for the business without consulting council of ministers of national parliament. A professor who lack the skills for entrepreneurship or innovator to initiate something new such as coming up with his own idea education

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  • 14 May 2012 07:00, by viper

    Adwok has taken the right decision at the right time. These fake universities were tarnishing the education system in our country because they admit primary pupils to their fake universities so long those pupils are able to pay them some pounds. There is no need for them to operate. They, either operate as English learning institutes,or let those wewe go back with their fake universities

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    • 14 May 2012 07:35, by Xeno


      Its better to have no universities in south sudan at all than having bunch of amateur educational forums graduating millions with shoddy academic credentials.....thats not the South Sudan nation we envisioned! better be with the minister’s decision or have million of fools behaving like creditable academicians. Together with corruptions, faking ed. is the real problem we have now in SS

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      • 14 May 2012 09:24, by codewizards

        Sorry Buddy. Foolishness is a personality issue not school! These Private schools are teaching true wisdom since they are Christian schools that is what the world hates especially Satan himself. God’s Word says "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). These schools are making men&women of 2morow who will build peace in S. Sudan therefore Satan is not happy with them.

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        • 14 May 2012 11:34, by Malou Manyiel


          Do you beleive on quantity or quality? We need not to be half boiled and assumed to be educated from such fake private universities.

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    • 14 May 2012 08:29, by Ahmed

      ass hole southern people ,
      Your are nothing to evaluate our nation (Sudan ) , you were nude-people eating tree leafes , human meet ( your elder people will tell you that in the past your kind was eating human meet ,(eat each other)
      we northern bring you to the world and teach you and make you complete human .
      white people were considered you as kind of monkey .
      because you haven’t sign of human

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      • 14 May 2012 09:03, by codewizards

        Ahmed, do you know the topic here? Please [ST] take this man away, he is writing something different on a different post! Are you mad Ahmed? Why do you play with your glorious name brother? Read the post before you comment your nonsenses. This is about Education okay? Just agree or disagree with Adwok Peter full stop!

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    • 14 May 2012 08:59, by codewizards

      Viper, the minister is out of his mind! This is not the right decision for many reasons.
      1. These schools are not funded by the government - thus they do not affect anything.
      2. Their standard can be improved instead: Does the minister has teachers to replace their teachers? Not at all!
      3. Education level is low in S. Sudan: We better start there and then grow! Can u see?

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      • 14 May 2012 10:04, by viper

        Mr Codewizard, Iam not against the private universities if their operations were according to the policies of S. Sudan’s higher education act, but since they are operating contrary, they should be closed. How can you accept a primarian to be admitted to university if this is not educational suicide? Those fake universities are having primary pupils in their institutions

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        • 14 May 2012 11:13, by Malou Manyiel


          Koc aci muol eten, This minister is very right in whatever decision he has taken. I 100% support that idea that closed down poor quality private universities in South Sudan. Both us who support the idea and minister himself want private universities but in quality standard.

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          • 14 May 2012 17:34, by viper

            Exactly Malou Manyiel, dhak ka aaci muol. Aci ke puoth jot apeidit. A wicka bik la jama ke cin awarak senior secondary school. Only wise pple like you and me can support mr Adwok and those boys with low understanding sees it as a different thing. We want quality education, not quantity education

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  • 14 May 2012 08:12, by siddaw

    the problem with South Sudan cabinets is that, they have never been to class one. leave alone the universities.

    why should the minister shut down the private universities yet they are the pillar and active eyes of the new Nation? shame on a higher education minister, Mr. Odwok or whichever he call himself. He need to join these campuses to access his education skills.

    Dr. Siddaw

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    • 14 May 2012 08:22, by viper

      Brothers, forget about those fake private universities because they were meant by wewe to destroy our Education system. These private universities have not met any educational standard and the minister has the right to close them since they are giving fake certificates to our pple. Let them stay closed or else they turn to English learning institutes

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      • 14 May 2012 08:53, by codewizards

        What if the government just replaces their teachers and curriculum instead of closing them? I doubt if Adwok even used a criteria to judge whether these schools do not meet the standard. Adwok do not know the level of Education in S. Sudan. The high standard he expects could not work here. I studies at Priv. School, but I’m better than nothing!!!

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      • 14 May 2012 09:34, by codewizards

        Viper, do u really know the courses they are teaching? How do you know they have not met any educational standard? The bad news is that this affects students not even the masters of those schools. Only 3 private schools cannot run S. Sudan, it is a great lost to the nation unless the minister uses his senses and just improves these schools instead of closing them.

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      • 14 May 2012 11:08, by Abraham Ayom

        Who is this Viper? could be Adwok’s son/daughter or personal advisers, we know the ideology of these people they working against the current government to overthrow Salva Kiir Regime, wrong elements always seek for destruction/ establish the new nations. we know you and your logic behind

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        • 14 May 2012 11:23, by Malou Manyiel

          Abraham Ayom,

          Why do you guys believe in quantity than quality? Viper is not related with Adwok in one way or the other. You will never accept the reason why minister Adwok closed down these fake universities but you will accept it whether you like it or not.

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        • 14 May 2012 17:18, by viper

          Hahahahahahaha mr Abraham, Iam not related to mr Adwok at all but I do agree with what he has just said. We are not in need of quantity education as the wise man Malou Manyiel has said. We are in need of quality education. Those private universities are hosting primary pupils and this is against the policies of higher education in ss

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          • 14 May 2012 21:06, by Abraham Ayom

            Viper/Malou, do you really know the meaning and different b/w the word Quantity & Quality? look this is the formula for a country with high illiteracy rate to eradicate or minimize
            Right Qanity
            Right Qaulity
            Right Place
            Right Price
            Right Time
            Right devices delivery

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          • 14 May 2012 21:10, by Abraham Ayom

            Look at you. you call Malou Manyiel wise man. I know him don’t ever appreciate him anymore.

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    • 14 May 2012 09:10, by codewizards

      You are right Siddaw on this issue. Dr Adwok do not even have a criteria to find out whether these schools were qualified or not. My argument is that they are better than nothing. Can you believe that I can teach in Upper Nile University? I do not have Secondary Certificate: yet, you cannot believe me when it comes to self-expression. The Private Schools helped me. I’m better than nothing...

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  • 14 May 2012 08:16, by siddaw

    The students affected by this closure should hold a DEMO on this issue.


    WE NEED CHANGE..........................

    Dr. Siddaw.

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    • 14 May 2012 09:17, by codewizards

      One reason is that: Most of these Priv. schools are Christian Schools and our govt. seems not to value Theology. This decision has spiritual force behind it believe me or not. It is impossible for 22 schools to have no standard at all. This is an attack to Christianity in S. Sudan and the consequences are high. For ur info, Theology is a social science and more important than u think.

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  • 14 May 2012 08:47, by codewizards

    Foolish decision ever made! These private schools are better than nothing. Do you think our government will build enough schools overnight to replace them? I’m sure these institutions are better than Upper Nile University in terms of English and standard. Education is not judged by steps u take it (1-12), but by what you have acquired no matter how.

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  • 14 May 2012 09:55, by Bush man

    Adwok, Nyaba is not after the improvement of education system. He want to be the one opening his own private university. what ever that was done by some one else can not be allowed to continue. Education is not about bricks, beatiful iron sheets used in constructing the lecture rooms.
    It is about the quatlity of eduaction materials whether given under the tree or in a grass thatched rooms.

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    • 14 May 2012 23:13, by Dinka land

      Bush Man. Iam very gleeful with the comment that you had wrote. You are the especial people that know what is going on in these government of ours. You met what was in my heart. Leave these damn people who were supporting their uncle without knowing what is behind this decision.

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  • 14 May 2012 10:10, by Gabriel KK

    Yes Minister, we need a quality education not a quantity education.

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    • 14 May 2012 21:20, by Abraham Ayom

      Gabriel KK,
      Which quality are you talking about since the Minister of Education,Vice Chancellor & principle distribute Juba University fund into their pockets and deploying heavy police around the campus to protect their image from Media. It’s minister habit, they need bribe. don’t ever comment again in such manner

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  • 14 May 2012 11:36, by Tahrir Brown

    Yeah! It’s a good initiative but one important thing is: your ministry failed to sponsor students who sat for your Exams called South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education in which me being one of students who sat under influence toil like nothing for three years touring your offices today went home without any future despite passing wth flying colours.

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  • 15 May 2012 14:07, by Roordiordit

    To:Minister of Education,
    The issues of Education can be weight in the country’s table for better decision.S.Sudan had been affected by war.If you are a rationalize thinker,you cannot used the word"CLOSE".South Sudan is the worse world country of "EDUCATION".We need more private schools to be establish in south sudan,Universities,colleges,secondaries and primaries.If you have discover---

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  • 15 May 2012 14:25, by Roordiordit

    the weakness of private institutions,you have right to give the strong action against the concern authority of each institution.Suddently the will improve their downside to the extends of their students accomplishment."pliz you need to warn all the private institutions in S.south,but not to close,even the government schools in S.Sudan are not performing well.BE CAUTION.

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