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S. Sudan official tells students in Zimbabwe to return home


April 05, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan education top official told parents whose children are stranded in the embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, to raise money to transport them to the country.

South Sudanese students at their embassy in Kampala, Uganda (ST/File)

The undersecretary in the ministry of higher education, Prof. Bol Deng, said government lacked money to pay for the 37 students who have been occupying South Sudan’s embassy in Harare for days after discontinuation from various universities in the country.

“Now we are asking the parents, if they get some money, let them buy tickets to their sons and bring him back, (home to South Sudan),” Deng told Eye Radio Wednesday.

The undersecretary further explained that the government has not money to cover the cost, estimated at $1.7 for the 150 students studying in different institutions in the Southern African country.

At least 37 students, mostly studying medicine and other medical course, camped at the South Sudanese embassy in Harare last week after being dismissed due to lack of tuition payment for a period of two years. However, 113 students, studying social sciences and law, have been allowed to continue by the Zimbabwean universities, but their future remain uncertain due Juba failure to pay tuition fees.

The students, currently camping up at their embassy in Harare sent messages through social media to their parents in South Sudan, detailing the lack of food, clean drinking water, among others.

“We have been pleading our government to clear our fees for the last three semesters but nothing has materialized. Our documents were approved by His Excellency the President Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit but the ministry of finance and the central bank have seated on our papers. We urge His Excellency the President to instruct the minister of finance and the director of central bank,” Ador Jalang, a student of chemical engineering at Harare Institute of Technology, said in an email to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

He said a total of 148 students from the University of Zimbabwe, Chinoyi University, Harare Institute of Technology, National University of Science and Technology, Great Zimbabwe University and Midland State University were among those affected by the problem.

The President of the students union, Moses Kat Monyjok, said they need help, urging South Sudan government to fulfill its obligations.

“If that is the case (for students to return to South Sudan) it is unfortunate because we are in third year and some of us are on (study) attachment. If we are told to go back what do you think the students are going to do at home,” said Monyjok.

“Our parents cannot take our responsibility because when we came we did sign on papers and the government stated that they will cater for all; for our fees and they will also be responsible for our tickets when we get back,” he was quoted saying on Wednesday.


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  • 6 April 2017 07:39, by Kush Natives

    Look at these stupid statements from who called themselves an officials! Returned where or what home are guys talking about?

    • 6 April 2017 11:02, by Sadam Kuikoy

      The failed State last year closed her embassies due to lack of funds and now is not able to pay the tuition fees for less than 200 students while their families living in luxurious houses and hotels, spending country resources to buy guns in order to loot, rapes women and girls and justly to remain in Power.A big Shame!

    • 7 April 2017 14:40, by hamil

      Kush Natives is always the first to respond as always....Someone needs to get you a job to preoccupy yourself doing something constructive

  • 6 April 2017 08:33, by truth teller

    What a loss ... a kid studies three years and cannot become doctor because no money by Juba for doctor ... why

    Where are those countries who aksed South Sudan to work for independence ... why they cannot even give tution money of these kids ... People gave their blood and lifes on their talks ...

    • 6 April 2017 08:55, by Joseph Canada

      This is the greatest shame of all time. My friend there should never be even a country to offer South Sudan Government help. President gave Uhuru Kinyatta $10.Million US to fun his election and yet students only need $1.7M to get education that will help the South Sudanese citizen? Do you call this a caring president or a Wolve?

  • 6 April 2017 09:13, by Unionist Agent

    This so called Undersecretary is adding insult to injury. You can’t grant scholarship to students to foreign land and talk such nonsense. All the claims must be paid immediately and our students should continue with their studies. Otherwise, why are we supporting this government which is not supporting us? This is too much!

    • 6 April 2017 10:26, by jubaone

      I understand the Undersec.’s position. When over 90% of all foreign scholarships are only jienges while other non-jienges are denied this opportunity, you can only care less for jienges students. Prof. Bol Deng is a Collo and is a fucjed up. This is jienginization of education. So what? Most have depended on stolen and looted monies. God works miracles.

      • 6 April 2017 11:57, by Bec Makor

        Mr. jubeone
        With due respect, your kinds are the reason that our country is in this mess now. if you opposed the gov’t policies that is your right, but do it in a way that respect mentality of others.

        Do you have records of these scholar you are calling being from jieng alone, my friend you are wrong jieng(if are to use your language and mind set up) are the less in number of those being sent...

        • 6 April 2017 12:13, by Bec Makor

          Am one of those studying in Ethiopian Universities on the government partial scholarship, we came to this country in December 2014, (Ten Teaching Assistants) representing UBG, UNU, Dr.JMU Science and Technology.... and for your records these students came from different corners of South Sudan, with Nuer and Denka on this list the least in numbers..... the ministry(MoHST)was headed by then

          • 6 April 2017 12:22, by Bec Makor

            Correction: Dinka, the ministry(MoHST)headed by then by Dr. Gai, who is came from Nuer, the Directorate of training and extrnl relations, presided by Benjamin Gabriel who Lou (Jurchol, undersec. is from Chollo,now the minister is from Nuer, how would Dinka dominate the scholars,ah your point is blank,just for mobilization for the cause of hopeless reblln that destroying nation more then g

          • 6 April 2017 12:25, by Bec Makor

            Correction: Dinka, the ministry(MoHST)headed by then by Dr. Gai, who is came from Nuer, the Directorate of training and extrnl relations, presided by Benjamin Gabriel who Lou (Jurchol, undersec. is from Chollo,now the minister is from Nuer, how would Dinka dominate the scholars,ah your point is blank,just for mobilization for the cause of hopeless reblln that destroying nation more then g

            • 6 April 2017 13:37, by jubaone

              Bec Makor,
              The truth often hurts for those who live on lies. I know these facts cos I am an insider and have the information. What you are narrating have little truth. Did you know that 80-135 students on scholarships to China are only jienges? Did you know that over 80% of all students in private universities in E.Africa are jienges and are directly paid from the presidency while others not?

              • 6 April 2017 13:44, by jubaone

                ..did you know that non of the Equatorian students in Uganda, Kenya, Botswana get no govt scholarships other the jienges? Did you know the jienge govt is arguing.."we fought while the Equatorians went to school and now it is our turn?" Did you know that intake of jienges to national universities is lower than that of e.g CES? Did you know that results are doctored to allow jienges easy admission t

                • 6 April 2017 13:48, by jubaone

                  ..to national universities? Did you know that in 2013-2014 out of 10 best schools for school certificate 7 were from Gogrial state alone even with no historical records of performance? So Bec Makor, the truth hurts but must be told. Take it or leave it.

  • 6 April 2017 11:14, by Eyez

    This is real laughable and so foolish, I mean, it is a total disgrace to all S. Sudanese. The Jienge government of kiir and his coharts is a circus full of clowns and they never cease to amuse.

    For God’s sake, only the money that was claimed to have grown legs or wings and walked or flew away from the President Office could have covered the students tuition, ya Jienge thieves.

  • 6 April 2017 12:24, by aborigin

    And we complain that foreigners are taking over our jobs??, we don’t have human resources and these are the seeds of professionals to take up jobs currently occupied by those brought in to build the capacity of South Sudanese people. This is an insult to the government and to make it worse the undersecretary should find out on how government response to such scenarios.

  • 6 April 2017 13:17, by Modongo Mundra

    ohhhh God!!! final south sudan reached to this point, hell now what’s the use of being in the gov’t ?? what’s country for ?? so-called Bol Deng still call himself undersecretary ?? what a shame!!! we had been saying it since that Kiir with his men will never take s.sudan anywhere rather than dragging it back, ohhhhhh hell where to start now!! Kiir

  • 6 April 2017 13:22, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< s.sudanese must raise up and say "Kiir we don’t need you now, go away with your men. give peace a chance because you have no ideas of running the country.. what’s president for if you don’t deliver any services to the need ??? if your people are going hungry ?? if your people are dying day & night ?? imagine the students you sent abroad are now going back, what’s the future of nation ??

  • 6 April 2017 13:27, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< let’s be open and speak out the truths, s.sudan will never get peace and stability so long as so-called Kiir is still in power, we can continue supporting him blindly just because he’s our uncle or so on.... but the fact is that we all will realize that we have wasted our time and lives allying to Kiir... let’s bring someone in it doesn’t matter where he/she comes from,

  • 6 April 2017 13:32, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< Kiir himself is the problem, we can’t solve this problem so long as Kiir is there.... the problem isn’t abut Dinkas or any other tribe but Kiir himself, let’s think twice we all want peace and stability to develop our nation, but Kiir planted negative things among the citizens to treat this Kiir must go so that we realize ourselves as people of ONE NATION!!!!!!!!!!!

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