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South Sudan general education minister visits Unity state


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

May 28, 2012 (BENTIU) - South Sudan’s general education minister, Joseph Ukel Abango, visited Unity State after ordering the closure of private universities operating in South Sudan.

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Governor Taban Deng (right) with minister of general education, Joseph Ukel Abango (centre) and deputy governor Michael Chiengjiek Geay (left) in front of the governor’s office, Unity State, May 28, 2012 (Bonifacio Taban/ST)

Abango told Sudan Tribune on Monday that he was visiting Unity state to investigate the education system.

Higher education minister, Peter Adwok Nyaba, has recently closed 22 universities which had insufficiently qualified teaching staff and facilities. Acknowledging the need for higher education, Abango said, some of closed institution were “operating under trees”.

Unity State has only one operational higher education institution, the semi-public Lich University, which was opened in July 2011. Its construction was announced before South Sudan seceded, by the then president of a united Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, during his 2010 election campaign.

During a briefing to the state governor, Taban Deng Gai, Abango explained that Bashir had announced the construction of universities in Unity, North Bahr-el-Ghazal, as well as Western and Eastern Equatoria states. Despite this being announced while Bashir ruled South Sudan, “if you close the people of the area will get angry,” said Abango, explaining his part in the appointment of a vice-chancellor to the Unity State university.

The Ministry of General Education, Science and Technology is carrying out an investigation into training and education institutions across South Sudan. Governor Deng told the ministers that there are challenges facing students in the state who are unable to enrole in higher education.

He called upon the central government to do more to train teachers and modernise teaching methods. He said that there are sufficient school buildings but not enough qualified staff.

Deng also announced that legislation is soon to be drawn up and implemented, to tackle the issue of teachers sexually abusing and impregnating female students.


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  • 30 May 2012 08:43, by Jeti

    What is the education system in South Sudan? Since 2006, University of Juba has never had its first graduation, poor! It seems like a ’degree course’ take 10 years.
    What a sleepy Ministry of education!

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    • 30 May 2012 10:04, by Ayom Ayom

      I think minster has nothing to do in his office, that is why he decide to create a trip for field work to get allowance for travel/per Diem. no achievement on education sector since the appointment for the two eduction minister. Education totally fail.

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    • 30 May 2012 11:04, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Those teachers who comitted crime in sexually abuse with their female students should be brought to book, and dismiss from their position to be as teachers.


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  • 30 May 2012 09:08, by Go to Hell

    The ministry of General and Higher education are just playing the dirty games which will lead South Sudan to failure on education system. how can the minister said that they are not closing unity state university because it was opened by Bashir and forget to carry out his own assessment to know the operation system of the university.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:14, by Go to Hell

    Public universities are not operational and for them to be operation please remove the old administration from the top upto gate keepers such that the new people with new skill will start those universities as old people have outdated knowledge. library to cleared of old books with dust of century

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  • 30 May 2012 09:27, by codewizards

    "He called upon the central government to do more to train teachers and modernise teaching methods. He said that there are sufficient school buildings but not enough qualified staff." Can u see the reason why it was foolish to close down universities? They were better than nothing. Thank you Governor for your words. Let them not close that school.

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  • 30 May 2012 09:33, by codewizards

    It is foolish to expect higher and quality of education when you have no human resources to do this! "Under the trees" is not our problem as high schools because we are doing what we can do. We did not leave the buildings built by govt. and teach under trees! We all came from the bush & we are still in the bush even today. Develomnt starts in the bush to the town.How do u expect towers & Iron-shee

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  • 30 May 2012 09:48, by codewizards

    Even in Primary Schools (in S.Sudan) those teachers are not qualified to teach (English), but they are better than nothing because they are doing what they can do! They ’re better than a PhD holder sitting doing nothing. "Under the trees" is not a good reason to close down schools. Who cares, their children are studying somewhere (Minister for higher education in S.Sudan).

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  • 30 May 2012 10:32, by viper

    Iam convinced that there is no God. If it happen to be there, why not terminate the lives of the SPLM mafias who are destroying the Education of poor pple’s sons in this country? Why not terminate the lives of those who have send their sons and daughters abroad for studies and begin to close the schools countrywide? Is this not subversion to those poor kids?

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    • 30 May 2012 10:41, by viper

      Those SPLM thugs whose sons and daughters are away at home are foreigners. They don,t deserve to lead this country. 2015 will be the last year for those thugs under the cowboy. Cowboy is the one responsible. Those under him are just playing and he does n,t care! What a cursed cowboy! If there is God, then those SPLM mafias are suppose to be fired from this world and send to HELL with the stolen Do

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      • 30 May 2012 10:55, by Ayom Ayom

        Great, you are wise today enough to comment in such manner, I cannot relive Viper can comment wisely and maturely

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        • 30 May 2012 11:50, by viper

          Ayom Ayom, Who told you before that iam not wise? Or you misunderstood me in the issue of those fake universities? Iam the most nationalist on this forum if you don,t know. I do stand with national issues, but not with personal issues. Indeed Ayom, talk to your fake teachers to improve your fake universities status and you will be recognized since the public universities are not going to oper

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          • 30 May 2012 14:37, by Ayom Ayom

            Sorry for the accident,

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          • 30 May 2012 14:49, by Ayom Ayom

            You call human being fake or a person Just like you is fake, I doubt your reasoning capacity. word fake is for non human being. should it happen for a human being to be call fake, then why you or I not being fake?

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            • 30 May 2012 15:49, by viper

              I mean fake universities Ayom. Your former universities are fake as said by Adwok. I don,t mean fake human beings. I mean former fake Universities that were closed by Adwok Nyaba. Don,t get me wrong my dear. Former 22 private universities were fake

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              • 30 May 2012 15:53, by Ayom Ayom

                This is what you wrote in your comment

                Indeed Ayom, talk to your fake teachers to improve your fake universities status and you will be recognized since the public universities are not going to oper

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                • 30 May 2012 17:57, by viper

                  Oh yep Ayom, I got it. It went by mistake but I don,t mean it. I mean to say quack, instead of fake. I mean quack teachers who claim to be University lecturers while they are not.

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  • 30 May 2012 14:45, by pabaak

    Ministry of education or science & technology is very poor ministry with old people of 70s ideas which are not working in 21 first century, this ministry will be a backward in our country if there is no urgent change took place, how small fight between students in University campus broad the closure of Juba University for so long?,is because of un competent old folks sitting in Ministry

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  • 8 December 2017 06:57, by HarryReid

    The Minister and the delegation members had the opportunity to meet students from Botswana who are currently studying in SPbPU and arrived via RACUS organization Dumpsout 6210. The students’ comments showed that they highly appreciate their studies in the university and it contributed to boost the delegation’s positive image on great condition

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