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Minister warns students against enrolling in unlicensed universities

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October 8, 2011 (JUBA) – The minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Peter Adwok Nyaba, has issued warning against students who enroll in unlicensed private universities in South Sudan.

In a statement read out on South Sudan radio on Saturday, Adwok said such universities should first meet conditions set in the region by the higher education institution in order to qualify to acquire a license.

There are several private foreign universities operating in South Sudan particularly in the current capital, Juba, and enrolling hundreds of students.

Most of such universities have no licenses or buildings from which to operate as campuses. Many of them are renting primary school class rooms as lecture halls.

Adwok explained that these universities were only issued with “no objection letters” so that they could process their establishments by complying and implementing the conditions set, which he said would then allow them to start operating after acquiring licenses.

However, the universities are now operating from their scattered lecture halls in the capital without licenses, presenting risk of non-recognition of certificates acquired from them.

(ST)

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  • 9 October 2011 07:24, by jacom

    The government licensed universities are not delivering effectively to the general public so what is a matter if this private universities are filling in the hole?

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    • 9 October 2011 17:17

      thanz to ministry of Higher Education to work on eliminate the private institution which has not been re gist legally and continuous to handle

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    • 9 October 2011 18:03, by Ahmed Chol

      One of the big risks is that this will lower the value and the quality of education in South Sudan.
      It will flood the country with useless certificates that will not help individuals or the country.
      It is not the students to be blame, it is the government. Government should close those universities that are not recognized to salvage the value of education in south Sudan.

      Ahmed Chol

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  • 9 October 2011 10:14, by Arkangelo Kochkedhie

    Dear minister, we the South Sudanese know that those private Universities are not registered, but here is a simple question sir.
    1-How long are those people interested in building their capacity keep waiting for public Universities to open?
    2-you also warn the students not to register in these institutions while registeration is not a problem but illiteracy is a problem and people wanted to learn

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  • 9 October 2011 14:36

    the problem is that , the government didn’t show the public which university have license and which doesn’t have

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  • 9 October 2011 14:42, by Beek

    To me the minister is not doing his own job by worning the student he would act like a minister. The "no objection letter" was to state clearly whether the university should operate or not it is not amatter of just saying they are illegal, the minister should answer the question of how this universty have started operating there is something the minister is hiding otherwise he would ve closed them

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  • 9 October 2011 18:29, by BOTH NGUOT

    Thank you hon Peter Adwok for much restriction that you impose toward these useless private universities operating in south Sudan. i never see such a huge number of private universities in different countries that i have been along. it’s just only in south Sudan where a foreigners don’t respect the rule law of law. now it will be up to those students to take their decision for their better future

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    • 10 October 2011 08:42, by MBA

      Action speak louder than Sound, Minister has been singing this Song of private Universities. Do something not talking about it for long time. the fact is that a private University which is capable will operate because i don’t see the reason of closing all. People need education and we need strong private Universities in South Sudan.
      Useless people human always call helful thing useless.

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  • 10 October 2011 08:09, by Gadafi

    the minister should not weak up and warn students for joing unlicence university, the GOSS has a body and ruling party give more opportunity to the foreignerswhere the are operating under law of south sudan, if so as minister say ,what of students who have join since 2009 up today what be done to them.

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  • 10 October 2011 09:13

    Bravo Dr.Nyaba,
    This is a right statement, but iwould like you to putthese statements in a decision to close down all these fake Universities.
    These Universities are not only lowering the quality education but also taking a huge money from our innocent people.
    They don’t meet even simple criteria i.e Buildings,acceptance with secondary certificate, Lecturers with high qualification, curriculum

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  • 10 October 2011 11:30, by Alpha Kilo

    It is good to find the root cause of why students turn to enrol in private Universities than the singing of the minister of closing them down and monopolizing education will lead to poor quality education in this new Country of ours,eg look at Juba university now the way it is heading to but if there are other competiting Universities students will forget Juba University.

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  • 10 October 2011 14:45

    Mr. Minister, How long does it takes to register those private universities?. why don’t you call them to your office and give them the form of criteria to be filled for qualification to be a university. Mr, what I know is that if you allow these private school to operate, i think all public universities will be abandon of their incompetency to deliver the quality education needed by the young pple

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  • 10 October 2011 15:39, by Lo Isu

    Hon. Minister
    Actions sound louder than words.

    If you mean your words please substantiate by issuing an order for the closure of all illegally operation Universities. In fact some of us are already bogged down by your usual warnings which only help to strengthen and widen the operation of these academic dwarfs to the detriment of the New Republic.

    Time is up please issue an order.

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