South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit. [Gurtong/ By Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 02 June [Gurtong] - Higher Education Minister Dr Peter Adwok Nyaba told Gurtong that body that was inaugurated by President Salva Kiir 28 May will be the highest policy making body at the Ministry.
It is composed of forty members with the five vice chancellors of the government national universities making the executive body.
Themed laying a solid foundation for higher education in the Republic of South Sudan, the Council will also be in charge of admission, evaluation and accreditation of academic papers awarded by institutions of higher education in the country and abroad.
President Kiir commended the efforts of the Ministry for establishing the Council and urged the Council to reform the higher education system in the infant nation.
“The Council should formulate values, strategies and policies relevant to the socio-economic aspects of the country. Our duty today is to put in place sound policies to improve higher education in our country “, he said.
President Kiir at the same time expressed concern over reports of ethnic clashes among university students.
“I feel very sorry that our future leaders can behave in such a way while they should grow up as responsible citizens. I call upon the Council to find a solution that can end conflicts and discourage violence especially tribal ones in higher institutions in the country”, he said in reference to recent clashes at the University of Juba that has since been closed indefinitely.
Dr Adwok who is also the Chairperson of the Council said the Council will steer higher education in South Sudan.