Extraordinary Council of Ministers Passes Universities Policy Paper

Posted: October 5, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Thomas Kenneth

4 October 2011

Juba — The Council of Ministers in its extra-ordinary meeting held today on Tuesday October 4th, 2011, under the chairmanship of the President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, discussed issues related to the South Sudan’s five national universities and the private ones.

That was after a memo presented to the council by Prof. Peter Adwok Nyaba, the minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, on the policy statement of his ministry. The policy statement intended to develop higher education and improve its institutions.

According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin the policy includes loans to the students and possibilities of seeking international loans for building South Sudan’s national universities. After a long discussion, the council commended the minister and passed the policy paper.

Dr Marial who is also the Government Official Spokesman also announced to the press after the council of ministers’ meeting that the President of the Republic informed the council that he will visit Khartoum with a good number of ministers within this week to discuss outstanding issues of Abyei, border demarcation, oil and economic issues with President Omer El-Bashir.

Regarding the issue of opening South Sudan universities, Prof. Adwok told the press that the universities had a ministerial order for opening the universities on October 1st, 2011. He assured that the universities have started to open with the process of supplementary examinations after which the academic year will begin.

Prof Adwok appealed to the students to be patient, remain calm and consider the difficulties the young Republic of South Sudan is facing in repatriating the universities back to South Sudan. He also appealed to the students not to take the law into their own hands and put pressure to the university administrations because the South Sudan government, with the help of the President of the Republic, is looking seriously into the issues facing the universities.


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