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Gov’t to coordinate students’ return to study countries

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that the government was ready to coordinate the going back to schools of South Sudanese students who returned to the country at the onset of coronavirus.

Deng Dau Deng Malek, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was responding to questions pertaining to country’s plans for such students as the neighboring countries resume learning amid the pandemic soon.

“We will coordinate the back to schools of students who had previously returned during the pandemic with the sisterly countries,” he told reporters in Juba.

Deng was speaking to journalists after a briefing at the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’ Headquarters in Juba on Wednesday.  

South Sudan’s Embassy in Uganda has recently said that they were waiting for directives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the fate of the students who had returned back home earlier.

Deng said the government would do its best to talk to the neighboring countries on how the students will walk back to sit their examinations.

“Our government has discussed the issue of resumption and opening of public gatherings and schools, so other preparations for students studying in foreign countries would be inquired from the various Ministries of Education of the neighboring countries,” he said.

The deputy Minister said that the most essential element was observance to necessary health guidelines including self quarantine of those countries.

“The adherence to basics World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health’s regulations is the most critical, the social distancing and then observing all the aspects of the regulation of the Ministry of Health,” he said.   

Deng said for the case of Uganda, the country would immediately adhere to pre-existing regulations of the Health Ministry as the students go back.

“There will be a requirement of testing before anyone travel within 72 hours, and those people will present their coronavirus negative certificate as they are subjected for temperature testing after they crossed to Uganda,”

Deng said the students were to obviously observe the Health’s protocols of those particular countries.  

The government has also promised to facilitate the going back to school of South Sudanese students who were repatriated from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May after the Ministry of Higher Education of Ethiopia notifies South Sudan’s authorities on reopening schedules.

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