East African Universities Affected By South Sudan Crisis

Universities and other learning institutions in East African have been affected by the violence in South Sudan as many students fail to report for their studies on time, an official has said.

By Petia Suliman Loro

ARUA, UGANDA, 14 January, 2014 [Gurtong] –Geoffrey Keino, the Director of Bugema University in Arua, Uganda, said all the campuses in the country have been affected by the current fighting in South Sudan leading to low turn-up of the South Sudanese students who peruse their high education at the university.

He said this while addressing the long distance professional students at the University Campus in Arua, Uganda.

He added that 50% of the students studying at Bugema University are from South Sudan and urged all the students to seek God’s intervention to bring lasting peace in South Sudan.

Geoffrey encouraged all South Sudanese students to work hard as ambassadors of peace towards transforming the negative attitudes existing among some individuals into a positive lifestyle that fosters peace, harmony and development in the country.

Students studying in East Africa are reporting this week for their lectures and examinations at the end of this month, but many have not reported and this has made the Universities to postpone the lectures.

The Director urged the students to help in communicating with their colleagues and find out their locations and status.

The Students from Eastern, Central and Western Equotoria confirmed to the university administration that their colleagues in the Greater Equotoria are safe and may be reporting soon.

The Students have however raised concern about the fall in the value of local South Sudanese pounds to Uganda shilling, the current exchange rate in the black market is SSP 100= 35 Shillings compared to SSP 100 to 54 Uganda shillings earlier.

Delay in November and December salaries has also affected most of the students, as the majority of the South Sudanese Students are self-sponsored.

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