FEES Varsity students reject increment

Students at the University of Juba (Photo credit: Martha David)

By Martha David

Students at the University of Juba have protested the increment in the fees structure.

On Monday the students held a public rally at the main Campus to protest against what they called illegal increment of fees by Prof John Akec Vice-Chancellor of the University of Juba.

Juma Maddel Mamur,a third year student at the University of Juba said they were condemning the decision by the administration to increase the fees.

“We arehere informing every student not to register until further notice,” he said.

Mamur appealed to President Salva Kiir who is also the Chancellor of the University to intervene.

He said some their parents fought for the liberation of this country so that their children would have access to better education.

“We will present a petition to the administration and after three days they will present another petition to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly,” Mamur said.

Wilson Mayor, a third year student in the department of Economics said last year the private students were paying 5,000 SSP.

“Now the tuition fees have been increased to SSP 50,000 and others are going to pay 80,000 SSP which is too much,” he said.

He questioned the calculation used by Vice-Chancellor Prof. John Akec that made him to come up with such high increments.

“What kind of mathematics did Prof. Akec used which made him to charge the tuition fees at 50,000 SSP and 80,000 SSP,” he asked.

Wilson described the increment of the tuition fees as an illegal collection of money from the hands of South Sudanese.

“We are rejecting the increment of tuition fees by the administration,” he stressed.

A student at the College of Medicine who wanted to be called Mary for fear of reprisal said she was surprised with the increment of the fees.

“I don’t have anything in hand except to look for a sponsor and if I don’t get I will just stay at home because I cannot afford to pay myself,” she said.

According to Mary, in the new increment she was supposed to pay 86,000 SSP per year.

David Aweng Kouch,one of the students said the illiteracy rate in the country was high because most families cannot afford to pay their children.

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