JUBA- Juba University has resumed it operation on Wednesday barely four months after the ethnic violent between Dinka tribe and Equatoria people that led to the temporally closure to the one of the oldest university in South Sudan.
When the incident started months ago, Police were deployed on the campus to quell the violence, but the violent escalated and Prof Aggrey Abate, the Vice-Chancellor was forced to order the indefinite closure of the University.
As the university open on Wednesday a condition was set that among some of the students will reapply for admission. The campus that accommodated more than 12,000 students is empty even on that reopening day. There is no specific reason why the university is widely empty because of this there is a lingering doubt that classes will resume as of Wednesday.
The chairman of the Education, Science and Technology committee in the national parliament in Juba, Simon Ezekiel provided a mixed reason surrounding the University: “the issues that contributed to the closure of Juba University are many. It begins from lecture facilities, halls, teaching space, library, accommodation, feeding and then the violence that erupted at the football field.”
“The students are crowded and the learning space is very small. And then there was a question of lectures in Arabic, and in English. Even the accommodation system is not right," he added.
In June, country's minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Peter Adwok Nyaba ordered the closure of private institutions saying that the institutions have been operating on 'letters of no objection' that were only meant to enable them acquire and develop land.
According to Nyaba, the ‘no objection letter’ is not a licence to operate; universities are only established through an act of parliament and must be properly constituted to operate legally, Nyaba stated.
The Upper Nile Times