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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.

(ST)