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July 11, 2012 (BOR) – Students of Malek Secondary School in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, on Tuesday peacefully demonstrated against the planned change of the school’s name

The state minister of education, Par Kuol, on Wednesday responded by saying “Administrative issues are not their responsibility.”

The minister said Malek Secondary School is now merged with Bor Complex School and will be administered by a head teacher and deputies, following a decision taken by the Jonglei state council of ministers. He did not specify when the resolution was made.

The student representative, Sam Manyang, said Malek is “a historical name” and should not be dropped.

The students delivered a letter to the State Assembly on Tuesday demanding that the council resolution be overturned.

Malek, which is 19km south of Bor, was established in 1905 by Christian missionaries. The school was built in the 1970s and named after the Malek region. The name was changed to Midini to commemorate a north Sudanese soldier who was killed in Bor during the Sudanese civil war which raged from 1983-2005. When the war was ended with the signing of a peace deal in 2005 the school was renamed Bor Complex by the Jonglei state government. In 2006, a group of South Sudanese school leavers from East Africa restored the name Malek.

According to Kuol, the students are “being agitated by some people” who he did not name. He also denied the historical link between the school and the region.

The students also expressed their concern that Bor Complex is an Arabic-based school and that the combining of the schools may create a language barrier which would impinge on their educations.

In June a similar incident in Lakes state lead the state minister of information and communication, Charles Badiri Mayen to issue an official statement denying claims that Riak-dor School would have its name changed to “Rumbek Town Secondary School” to accommodate a merger programme.

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  • 12 July 2012 06:33, by Dut Monybor

    Hi my dear student ,which name do you like to be given to your school ? It is better you propose name which you are demanding.

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    • 12 July 2012 06:43, by omoni jr.

      Students are actually right to protest against the changing of name of Malek secondary school.
      The elders of the location need to support students so that they can get back Malek secondary.

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    • 12 July 2012 07:43, by Kurnyel

      I wish this demo of students will continous until Kiir gov’t is overthrew.

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  • 12 July 2012 07:19, by Waucity

    This is mental salvery, most Southern Sudan think history is not important but it is...The idea of changing names that are traditional, like mading bor to Bortown and malek complex..Why?...History that honour nobody but whiteman, our leaders are out of dignity and pride, did white man fight during war..Why it is his language taught in all schools..Why not other languages?..I hate our leaders.

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  • 12 July 2012 07:28, by Waucity

    Not to mention our leaders carrying white man name instead of their meaningful traditional name, what the hell is the important of having the so call christain name, when you belittle people in such away their their self esteem reduce..Not to mention the disgusting broken arabic or English on National TV...IT kill me how our people are not afraid of embarrasment.There is not country in the world

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    • 12 July 2012 08:13, by katnyokarieu

      Heeee Rebecca ,Salva ,Luka,Michael.Martin ,Moris,Alfred ,Rizik, mohamad are all white and Arabic name. Now in s.sudan if u don,t know English and Arabic will be called uncivilised,i don,t who do people of south sudan defined civilisation and cultures?.

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      • 12 July 2012 08:19, by katnyokarieu

        Con...if u don,t speak English &Arabic fluently people s.sudan luaght at u that u re foolish.and if u don,t have Christain name (white name)u simply be termed as pagan and u may not get a job

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        • 12 July 2012 10:39, by Anna

          Christian names are not of "white" saints only.
          White Christians carry names of African saints as well.
          In the Church there are many languages, all respected, and many peoples who form the family of God.
          Ifyou are sick with English(and Arabic) why do you write your comments in that language?
          God bless our beloved Country.
          Anna

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          • 12 July 2012 16:41, by Quol Quot

            @ Anna
            Aya luel ya kedunne ee lueth. Na cakke röth ye rieu, ke aköl be wu?k ye män ke
            piny abï wu? dak wu?nne week we k?c ?eer.
            Yïn ye ke cïn ke nyic!

            So I am sick of your language now.

            Quol Quot

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          • 12 July 2012 16:42, by Quol Quot

            @ Anna
            Aya luel ya kedunne ee lueth. Na cakke röth ye rieu, ke aköl be wu?k ye män ke
            piny abï wu? dak wu?nne week we k?c ?eer.
            Yïn ye ke cïn ke nyic!

            So I am sick of your language now.

            Quol Quot

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  • 12 July 2012 07:29, by John Gum

    Guys,do not drash to Lake State’s Riak Dor primary school which now replace with Rumbek town secondary.the government has a right to give name to school under it responsibility.

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    • 12 July 2012 15:47, by Loko El Pollo

      JOHN GUM,DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE NAME WHICH WAS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE BEFORE THAT GOV CAME IN TO BEING? ANYWAY THANK YOU IF YOU ARE THE GUY WHO WORK FOR RUMBEEK RENDEVOUS LODGE.YOUR MOTHER IS PROUD OF YOU.KEEP ON SUPPORTING YOUR WIFE,MOTHER THE REST OF YOUR SIBLING.YOUR SHORT VEDIO IS TOUCHING LIFE OF THE WIDOWS AND THOSE WHOSE LIVES HAVE REACHED THE BOULEVARD OF THE BROKEN

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      • 12 July 2012 15:58, by Loko El Pollo

        DREAMS.BACK IN THE DAY,THERE WAS NO TOWN CALLED BOR.MADING WAS JUST A CROSSING POINT TO A TOOCH CALLE DHOOL.THE NAME MADING WAS DERIVED FROM A BULL OF SUCH A COLOR,KILLED AND SACRIFIED TO THE NILE FOR SAFE PASSAGE OF PEOPLE AND ANIMALS WHEN THEY FIRST CROSSED THE NILE TO DHOOL.MALEK WAS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE WHEN MONGALLA WAS THE REGIONAL CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH.

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        • 13 July 2012 04:49, by Loko El Pollo

          BOR WAS LATER ADDED AS A SUFFIX TO MADING DUE TO THE PRESENT OF MALEK’S FISHERMEN WHO SELL THEIR FIHES THEIR DURING THE SUMMER AND WINTER SEASONS.THEY WERE LATTER JOINED BY ARABS TRADERS AND THEY ESTABLISHED LEUDIER AS THE MAIN MARKET AND LOCAL BEER BREWERY KIOSKS SPRANG UP TOO IN THE VICINITY.THE USED OF BOR TO MEANS MADING CAME UP DURING THE REIGN OF ABEL ALIER.TO DAY LEUDIER IS THE PLACE WHERE

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          • 13 July 2012 04:51, by Loko El Pollo

            BEER LOVER GO AND GET THEIR DAILY DOSES.

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  • 12 July 2012 07:32, by Waucity

    Only Southern Sudanese people in the world would get up and embarras themselves with a broken English and broken Arabic..Yes, We are children of stupid man call Black man, so we should all submit to white race..Our God given languages are not important, but arabs and whites are..I hate myself.Because only me will not understand my own history because it being said in a language...

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  • 12 July 2012 07:37, by Waucity

    John Gum, look at your name..John Gum, name after a man from Isreal, people who call cancer in their skin..Why honour monsters,

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  • 12 July 2012 09:13, by Kikiji longiro

    Leadershipness have spoiled the Dinka culture.Every Dinka now days is praying for imagenation.People too much of every thing without it,s correct formulation is like bring a wild fire in houses builded with grass.

    IF YOU DINKAS DONOT FORGET THE MENTALITY OF BORN TO RULE YOU WILL NOT GO AHEAD OF AL BASHIR YOUR KING.

    KIKIJI

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  • 12 July 2012 19:02, by JohnGarangFreedom

    In Jonglei state, people need to start marginalization ideology. People need to respect other histories, identities, and many more. That old ideology needs to be dropped. Not name only, I ask Jonglei state government to change of high way the called, "Pibor". That name is very bad name in Murle tribe language. I will not say it here though. "Koryom" should be the high way name. "Pibor" has...

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  • 12 July 2012 19:07, by JohnGarangFreedom

    bad meaning toward Dinka Bor people behavior toward Murle tribe. Please don’t include these under Bor Dinka identity. They are different tribes in Dinka. Here they are: Twi/Twic Dinka, Nyarweng Dinka, Hol Dinka, and many other Dinka tribes in Jonglei state. Please, requests the meaning of "Pibor" from someone who knows the Murle language or someone who honestly knows the meaning from Murle tribe.

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  • 12 July 2012 19:09, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Correct for the first paragraph, "In Jonglei state, people need to stop marginalization ideology..."

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  • 12 July 2012 21:31, by Cadaai ?o?

    Hahaha! Any bad identity or wrong naming must brought down: http://splmtoday.com/docs/maps/1954%20Map%20-%20Tribes%20of%20Sudan.pdf

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