The students during the welcoming occasion
By Kitab A. Unangos
Students from Wau County studying at the University of Juba have called for support from authorities to cater for their basic needs.
Speaking during the welcoming ceremony of the first year students on Saturday at Nyakuron cultural centre, the students pointed out that they were facing many challenges which hindered their academic performance at the highest institution.
The representative of the first year students Evans Dominic Emilio pointed out that they needed help so as to avert the situation.
“We face many challenges including lack of accommodation, feeding, tuition fees and transport. Many of us have gone back to the state because of these problems,” said Emilio.
Shakrin Arnesto, a first year student in the College of Computer Science said that it was important for parents in the country to allow their girls to acquire education. She added that parents should provide for their daughters’ basic school requirements.
Shakrin encouraged her colleagues to make good use of the library. “Juba University has a good library that is accessible to all of us. Let us make sure we go there to study whenever we have the opportunity,” she said.
According to the chairman of Wau County Students’ Association (WCSA) at the University Emmanuel William Attit, out of the 75 students admitted this year, only 40 were able to enroll for this academic year.
“Many forfeited the chance due to lack of transport and accommodation,” said Attit.
He pleaded for well-wishers to support ladies to pursue different courses and added that most of them had already quit studies which he described as a paradox.
“Why should our girls quit studies while there are people who can help them?” Attit wondered.
The event was organized by WCSA to welcome the first years.