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South Sudan’s increases salaries for university staff to encourage academics to return


August 12, 2011 (JUBA) – The government of the Republic of South Sudan has resolved to increase salaries of university staff in order to attract teaching professionals to take up the profession in the newly independent nation.

At a meeting of South Sudan’s Council of Ministers on Friday chaired by the Vice President, Riek Machar, the cabinet endorsed the budget for the country’s five universities. These include the University of Juba, Upper Nile University, Bahr el Ghazal University, Rumbek University and Dr. John Garang’s University in Bor.

In a press statement, the caretaker minister of information and government’s spokesperson, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the memo was presented to the cabinet by the caretaker minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Joseph Ukel Abango.

The salaries were reviewed and upgraded for the university staff including the Vice Chancellors and their deputies, principals, professors, lecturers and assistant lecturers.

He added that the increment of the salaries was based on comparison of Sudan’s salary scale and that of East African countries, putting into consideration the need to encourage South Sudan academics to return to the country.

South Sudan suffers from a brain drain as many of its academics live abroad. Around four million people were displaced by the conflict between Sudan’s North and South which lasted four over two decades until a 2005 peace deal.

A key part of the agreement allowed South Sudan to vote on secession in January. The plebiscite paved the way for South Sudan’s declaration of independence.

Previously a lecturer received a salary of less than 2,000 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) but the current increment will raise it to about 5,000 SSP, which is equivalent to about 2,000 US dollars per a month.

The cabinet has therefore approved a budget of over 209 million SSP to cover the salaries and allowances in all the South Sudanese universities.

Illiteracy and lack of skilled workers are to of the major problems facing the nascent nation, which is one of the poorest in the world.


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  • 13 August 2011 05:59, by Dr.Agany

    Bravo South Sudan!!! Thank to Mr. Ukel for the push. We are coming soon!

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    • 13 August 2011 06:44, by Ahmed Chol

      There are several factors that make teachers, lectures and professors leave their professions. One of these factors is that people in the lower echelon of education [primary and secondary] take sizable amounts of money home at the end of the day while the professor are not getting what they deserved. This causes everybody to rush toward accounting and cashiering jobs and leaving their professions behind so that they can get rich quick. This also explains sometimes why Juba is crowded because everybody wants to get their hands on the looted. Minimizing corruption and paying people according to their professions and qualification will put everybody to where they belong. This also encourages people to work hard especially in school. It creates a meritorious society where people rely on merits not on who they know. Garang said it long time we need Farmers and teachers more than any other group of professionals. why? Poverty in the mind is a prelude to real poverty.

      5,000 is sort of okay only if the pound is not going to inflate, but that salary will not attract those who are working abroad. I heard that the equivalency [of 5,000] in US dollars in the west can easily just be made in one month by any laborer who works manually hard.
      thanks to the government.

      Ahmed Chol, whatever begins anger ends in shame

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    • 13 August 2011 10:13, by Nhomlawda

      Good to increase lecturers’ salaries but it is not enough to enhance academic excellence if teaching environments are not improved. Lecturers need good classrooms with projectors and computers to lecture well. Students need good learning environment to vitalize their thinking and academic curiosity.

      Blackboard and chokes for teaching are outdated materials. Juba National University with current facilities does not qualify to be called a university by western or some African nations’ standards and same to other institutions of higher learning that are at the same deplorable conditions.

      South Sudan needs quality education not quantity education. Those five public universities are enough now till 2050 when we expect substantial population increase and genuine demand for expansion in higher education.

      For time being, any gap in higher education demand can be filled by private Catholic universities such as Catholic University of the Sudan and St. Mary University, and Alexandria University in Tonj.

      Other university projects such as University of Torit, University of Western Equatoria, University of Northern Bhar–e–Ghazal should be made affiliate colleges of Juba National University, University of Bhar-el-Ghazal and Rumbek University till 2050 when those colleages will become fully independent academic instructions.

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    • 16 January 2012 14:08, by Man manning

      @ Belle loboi,
      u r fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!! how do you expect higher institution to be establish where people are not Educated,talking rubbish on public website and lack scientific revolutionary skills? FUCK YOU MAN with your BIG SHITS

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    • 16 January 2012 14:10, by Man manning

      @ Belle loboi,
      u r fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!! how do you expect higher institution to be establish where people are not Educated,talking rubbish on public website and lack scientific revolutionary skills? FUCK YOU MAN with your BIG SHITS.Thanks to Ukel and his Likes although there should be more increment.By: Menh de Raan

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  • 13 August 2011 06:24, by belle loboi

    without waiting we need a University in Unity State. Kiir and his friends should stop sharing our 2% of oil to build other Universities and for their own benefits.

    Kiir and his friends think that Naath Nuer communities are blind like him because he cannot read and write.

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    • 14 August 2011 12:13, by Martin Bak

      First of all, i would like to give special thank to the ROSS for having taken an initiative to restoring the education to the war torn nation South Sudan. But it wouold have been good if this increment had been extended to include the increases in payment of secondary schools and even primary school teachers for that matter. By doing so, pave the way for everybody to accept teaching as a profession. Because we have many primary and secondary schools which are lacking qualified not because there are no qualified personnels but due to poor salaries.
      Otherwise be bless for the work done.

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  • 13 August 2011 06:36, by belle loboi

    KUOL Manyang, Kiir, and Nyadeng all need to apologize to the Naath Nuer comunity for killing of 1991 in Equatorial Chukudum. Otherwise let Bor Community stop their dimension of prejudice. Bor community think that they are smart than anyone in the South Sudan. Dr.Garang killed several highly ranks Naath Nuer community but Naath Nuer never complain about it because they need peace in South Sudan. Also, Bor community thought that they were only one died during the struggle in our country and that is called social categorization with negative thinking to other communities in South Sudan. This is last warning to Bor community to stop falsification to media in the Juba. who want to fight should come forward and said frankly without meandering around the bush. if Bor still complaining, the great Naath Nuer will take some action promptly before the sunset in the west. Thank H.E.V DR.Machar and we will support you soon

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    • 15 August 2011 09:54, by Andrew Ojok

      To whom it may concern
      I do pledge guilty to those who’s died genocide cause by Dr Riak and his fellowship in siragap in 1994 i want him to stand under Palm Trees @ Siragap centre square Cattle camp to do pledge guilty and to apologize to they parents or orphans Widoms who’re die on that day will be memorise by you and Lakes State Governors as it’s save you to do so to the internation comunities for the application of become as you are the Representive of United Nation i wise UN may ask you for your criminal histories or i may feel to request you infront of internation court of justic answer? Thank Naath Nuer Comunity for your opening killing i wish you the man keep you mind @ the battom of your hearts or more remanissing reasons

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  • 13 August 2011 17:06, by Cadaai ?o?

    This is message from Dinka Twic East Civil Group. We the Dinka Twic East are not involved in that apology by Vice President Riek Machar. The apology he has done was for Dinka Bor only. Also his apology was a setup by Dinka Bor people who trying to take credits or to discard Dinka Twic East true identity.
    We the Dinka Twic East people, we are still waiting our true apology from Dr. Riek Machar, and it could be done in Panyagor, the headquarter of Twic East County. That’s where the incident of the 1991 occurred. For those people who done know the name of that incident, please it is calls "Southeastern Dinka Massacre or in actuality when it comes to really title based on impacted people. It is calls Dinka Twic East Massacre. Dinka Twic East tribe is different from Dinka Bor. They have different characters and dialects as well. It is true even God (Nhialic) knows it.

    Please be aware that, this website always omits some information inside any message the think is not in there interests. Also the website is owned by Dinka Bor people and Dinka Twic East. That’s why they always ignore or discards our true claims.

    N/B: Dr. John Garang se Mabior is Dinka Twic East. During the movement he was using Dinka Bor for Two reasons:

    (a) Dinka Bor was the one tribe in that region Jonglei that was documented as legitimate tribe there when Garang took over SPLM/A. It was done by intellectuals and scholars who were often driven by these words: nepotism (brotherhood & sisterhood), selfish, ignorant, pride of individual backgrounds and ignorant of other tribes as dominant signs, etc.

    Dinka Twic East is not that small, and also Dinka Bor should be proud about 2009 census as they are more than Dinka Twic East in population.

    We the Dinka Twic East people need government of South Sudan to checks Bor County population for its being divide into two counties.

    Dinka Twic East has three sections: Lith, Ajuong & Pakeer, and Dinka Bor has two sections: Athooc & Gok.

    Truth and History will not be steal from Dinka Twic East.

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  • 14 August 2011 00:44, by marie

    I would encourage our government to open universities in the states that do not have universities now;Unity state, Jonglei, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Eastern Equatoria and Western Equatoria. These new Universities should start with three basic colleges of Education, Agriculture and Medicine now and later add other colleges. The government should also open technical schools in all the states. The existing universities should be equiped with modern technologies such as white boards and projectors. There are a lot of South Sudanese in Diaspora who are in position to lobby for all these materials from other partners only if our people have the sincere heart to work for the development of our country. Recently, there was an initiative to equip one of the hospitals with modern equipments from Canada. A lot of the equipment with the shipment cost around $85,000 (Eighty five us dollars). When the equipment reached Sudan, those assigned to handle the transportation to the destination sold the whole thing. These people in Canada are unable to provide a report to their partners. This is how greedy sometimes our people could be. People complain that the government is corrupt, but our minds are all corrupt. We need new spirit in order to develop this ravaged country of ours otherwise, we will be doomed. Poverty, disease, illiteracy and death will always be in our midst when we do not ask for God’s mercy to lead us in this journey.

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  • 15 August 2011 09:22, by Andrew Ojok

    Thanks Goss i reallly regret you clause to the department of education and secience with technology and others trainningship and apprenticeships within ROSS For me may i have attention to those who’s wish to work with that salaries being request from the GOSS ministries to join me to get the salaries below under the whole of ten years now, ST Ojok. has been rendering permanent services in the field of business conduct to its clients. We are a successful legal entity with over 100 employees.

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  • 16 January 2012 14:11, by Man manning

    16 JANUARY 14:10, BY Man manning
    @ Belle loboi,
    u r fucking idiot!!!!!!!!!!! how do you expect higher institution to be establish where people are not Educated,talking rubbish on public website and lack scientific revolutionary skills? FUCK YOU MAN with your BIG SHITS.Thanks to Ukel and his Likes although there should be more increment.By: Menh de Raan

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