Minister denies knowledge of varsity fee increments

Section of University of Juba Main campus (File photo)

By Kitab A Unango

The minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology has denied knowledge of the increment in the registration and tuition fees for students at the University of Juba.

The University of Juba officially opened registrations of students for the academic year 2019-2020 on Monday, March 11th where lectures will start on March 25th.

However, on the same day, students protested what they called “illegal increment” of registration and tuition fees by the school administration and called for indefinite postponement of registration.

The students claimed some of them have been asked to pay 86, 000 SSP per year which is more than eight scores what they paid in the previous academic year.

Minster of Higher Education, Yien Oral Lam Tut said whether or not the registration and tuition fees have been increased by the University administration, the ministry was not informed.

“Apart from media up to now we don’t know anything, whether it has been increased, how it is increased and whether it is a one man’s decision, we do not know,” Oral said.

He added, “there is a system, if there is something that the lower management does and it has not officially referred to me, I will not be in position to know.’.

Oral said the ministry was yet to receive official notification from the university administration about the alleged increment in tuition and registration fees.

“It is still within the university’s compound, next it will be referred to the University’s Council after that it will reach us but up to now all these procedures have not finished,” Oral stated.

Speaking to Juba Monitor in his office in Juba yesterday, Oral stated that the ministry was not aware of what has been taking place in the University of Juba.

He added “Frankly speaking up to now we do not know what is taking place within the University”.

It is not clear what has prompted the administration of Juba University to increase its tuition fees.

But recently, Vice Councilors of five public universities of Juba, Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile, Rumbek and Dr. John Garang Universities demanded increment of the staff salaries.

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