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Cairo: Scholars asked to give up unpaid stipends or lose scholarships

Author : | Published: Friday, September 11, 2015

South Sudanese students on scholarship in Egypt say they have been given a condition of termination of their scholarship in order to receive allowances they are demanding from the government.

The students say this condition was communicated by a government team that was sent to Cairo to address their concerns.

There are about 160 South Sudanese students on scholarship in Egypt and each is paid about $100 dollars per month.

The students have occupied the South Sudanese embassy for more than two months now, demanding bursaries that have not been paid for a year.

Embassy officials have been forced to work at their homes.

Students’ representative, Kot Maker, says the government delegation headed by the Deputy Minister of Education, Bol Makueng, has asked them to make choices.

They have to either continue with the scholarship and give up their demand for bursaries, or sign for the bursaries and have the scholarship withdrawn.

“To do that, let them go to the parliament and then the parliament has to send a delegation with a clear letter,” Mr Maker protested.

“And then they have to notify the Egyptian counter-part about the development that they have taken.”

The students also say the government delegation has a list of more than 200 students. Mr Maker says some of those could be ghost names.

Efforts to contact the government team in Cairo have not been successful.

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