22 May 2018

 

University Of Bahr el Ghazal Protesting Over Increase Of Tuition Fees

Students at the University of Bahr el Ghazal on Monday staged a protest following the increase of tuition fees for the 2018 academic year imposed on them by the school administration.

 By James Deng Dimo

WAU, 08 May 2018 [Gurtong] - According to the students, the university administration has this year tripled the academic year’s tuition fees.

They also say that the new fees are obnoxious compared to those being paid in other universities across the country.

“Actually we are not happy with what has taken place, the administration of the University of Bahr el Ghazal has decided to increase all the fees by more than 1000% and they are saying that it is because of inflation and because the government is not giving them anything. If we compare the University of Bahr el Ghazal’s fees with the fees of other Universities, we see a great difference,” said one of the students.

“For example, a student of medicine in tht at the college of the University of Upper Nile pays 3,000 SSP and a student in the University of Bahr el Ghazal who is also in the same college is
charged 22 to 37,000 SSP, you can see the great difference there.” He said.

On his part, the University of Bahr el Ghazal Acting Vice-Chancellor, Abraham Matoc said the the decision to increase the fees was reached during a board meeting after the University’s administration acknowledged a great increase of operations and expenses including the services of the university.

“The all rate of tuition fees are not sufficient to meet the course of operation or for the procurement of goods and services, the argument taken into consideration was based on the specific calculation on items such as cost of diesel, stationeries and answer sheets,” he said.

“That time, we met the cost of a barrel was 75,000 SSP and when we passed the resolutions, the price shot up to 96,000 and today I heard it is over 100,000. A ream of A4 paper is 1,700 in the market now in Wau. It will not even buy a ream,” said the Vice Chancellor.

This is not the first time the University of Bahr el Ghazal has been involved in protest. Last year in August, the students held a protest which led to the closure of the university.

The University trade Union also last year held another protest calling for the removable of the vice chancellor in what they described as a weak administration to handle the University’s activities.


 

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