Over 100 students in dilemma over academic blunders
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
At least 110 students at Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor are facing academic backfire after insisting to upgrade their Diploma without approval from the Ministry of Higher Education.
In 2017 about 300 students applied for upgrading at Dr. John Garang University but 110 students were put on pending list by the Ministry of Higher Education.
However, the students made local arrangement with the former University’s administration to enroll as they wait for the approval from the Ministry.
The students went on with the studies since the former management promised to coordinate the fate of their endorsement from the Ministry.
Last week, the office of the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Higher Education directed the current University’s administration to cease those students from attending lectures since they had not been approved by the Higher Education.
The students had raised mixed reactions blaming the University for the late circular when they were about to graduate.
Mayen Deng Abraham, representative of the affected upgrading students said their existence at the University was eligible given the fact that it was legalized by the former administration.
“On behalf of 110 upgrading students, we are expressing our dismay at the current administration of the University particularly Dr. Akim Ajieth Buny, the spokesperson of the University for the heartbreaking decision ceasing us from the University. It is really unfounded decision,” he said.
“The decision just came abruptly but we were not coming out from the back doors of the University. We just came through the system of which we enrolled,” he added.
Associate Prof. Dr. Akim Ajieth Buny, Director of Information and External Affairs at Dr. John Garang University said that the students’ claims had nothing to do with the University since the Higher Education controls the University’s operations.
He said that the senate endorsed the letter of ceasing such students from the University since they had no national numbers.
“This is the dilemma we are in, we told the students to go and follow up with the Ministry in Juba. This has nothing to do with the University here,” he said.
“Of course, we have to concur with the decision of the Ministry of High Education because we are under the Ministry. Whatever decision made by the Ministry has to be respected without failure. So we are standing with the decision by the Ministry,” he added.
Dr. Buny said that “If they are not contented with the decision of the Ministry, then they need to go to the Ministry in Juba and talk to them.”
He said the University administration was ready to welcome them if they happen to reach consensus with the Higher Education ministry.
“If the Ministry happen to change their hearts and they are sent back to Dr. John Garang University then we have no problem. We will welcome you with our arms opened,” Dr. Buny concluded.
When contacted by Juba Monitor on the fate of the occurrence Minister Oral Lam Yai Tut, the Minister of Higher Education said that “I am really with some of my staff in the meeting. I cannot further any interview now, you can call me latter.”
The students affected belong to the College of Management Sciences of Dr. John Garang University of Science and Technology in Bor.
A reliable source told Juba Monitor that the students had petitioned the chairperson of the University Eng. Kuol Manyang Juuk but nothing had materialized out of the letter.