Students call on gov’t to revoke current tuition fees
Leaders of Upper Nile Students’ Union in group photo at the school’s
campus yesterday (photo: Kita A Unango)
By Kitab A Unango
Students of Upper Nile University have called on the government to revoke the current increment in tuition and registration fees by the administrations of public universities.
Earlier on Monday, students at Juba University protested what they called “illegal increment” of fees by the administration and called for indefinite postponement of registration.
Emmanuel Ladu Kose, Students’ Guild President of Upper Nile University said they rejected the decision to increase the tuition fee by the administration and called on the President to intervene.
“The Upper Nile University Students’ Union leadership rejected the increment of tuition fees in which the economic crisis in the country will not make it possible for the students to pay the said fees,”Ladu told reporters yesterday.
He added, “Therefore, the student union is calling on H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan and Councilor of Upper Nile University to intervene”.
In the previous academic year, students of medicine who used to pay 5,000 SSP will in this year pay 70, 000 excluding registration fees and other requirements such as identification cards and examination fees.
While the least tuition fee last year was 1,200 SSP this time the least fee is 20, 000 SSP for students of Faculty of Human Resource Development.
Gai Mapordit, Students’ Union information secretary condemned the new fee structure adding that the union should have been involved in the discussion of the new fee.
“We condemn this new cycler of tuition fees by the administration. In the previous years the tuition fees were discussed by the senate board where students’ union is invited to the discussion but the one of this year is different,” Mapordit said.
Students said they were unable to afford the current due to economic hardships.
Mabor Majur Jok, second year student of faculty of economic said his studies have been affected by the increment.
“I am really affected. The time I joined the University I used to pay 1, 200 SSP but it has increased to 20, 000 SSP and I cannot afford,”Majur said.
Flora Modi Laku a second year student of economics called on the University administration to revoke the decision so that students continue with their studies.
“I don’t believe I can pay the money. Let them at least reduce that money. We are not all from the rich family. It is hard to get such money, last year I paid 1200 SSP at least this year let it be 7000 SSP,” Flora said.
Dean of Students, Malong Keer Aguto said the administration decided to increase the tuition fees because the government did not support the university.
“The university opted to increase the tuition fees because the ministry and the government are not cooperative,” Keer said.
On Tuesday Yien Oral Lam Tut, Minister of Higher Education said his office had not been notified by the public universities of the increment of the tuition and registration fees.
Upper Nile University relocated to Juba in 2014 following the destruction of its premises in Malakal during the war.
The university lacks many basic facilities including library, laboratory and hostel to accommodate students from other parts of the country.