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Bahr el Ghazal varsity students protest over fee increment

Author: Alhadi Hawari | Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

University of Bahr el Ghazal campus - COURTESY

Students of the University of Bahr el Ghazal are on strike for the second day in Wau town over the increment of tuition fees by the administration.

The strike started on Tuesday, August 15, at the main campus of the University of Bahr el Ghazal in Wau town of Western Bahr el Ghazal State.

Some students who spoke to Eye Radio say that they are striking over the adjustments of the tuition fee by the administration of the university.

Recently, the university increased fees, starting a commotion among students who feel the new fees structures were too high

The new tuition structure shows that a student of economics who used to pay 40,000 SSP, will now pay 150,000 SSP, while a student of medicine who was paying 50,000 SSP will pay 175,000 SSP.

“The leaders of the students were accepted to meet the administrations and upon their meeting, there was no compromise with the administration to reduce the amount,” one of the students told Eye Radio.

“We are demonstrating because we the students of Bahr el Ghazal University are suffering, if there’s an increment in the tuition fees let them add a small amount,” another student said.

“This increment is too much because we don’t have parents and we are suffering in this studying.”

The University’s acting Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Atem says that they going to conduct a dean board meeting to come up with a decision.

“The position for the administration is still because we are going to conduct right now the dean board meeting, in which the decision will come out,” said Atem.

“For the petition, we called the student’s leadership yesterday so that we can share along with them the petition for the claim that they have told the administration that the administration has already increased the tuition fee,” he said.

“We tell them that we have never increased the tuition fee, it’s just the same reflection of last year for the college of the education they use to pay last year 24,000 SSP equivalent to 100$, this year also things are shooting up.”

Early this year in February, students from the University of Bahr el Ghazal took to the streets in Wau town to protest the lack of food at the main campus.

The students marched in the streets and cried out that they have been without the university feeding for nearly a month.

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