Over 300 S. Sudanese students studying at Juba’s Kampala University threatened to sue the institution over the graduation farce.
More than 300 South Sudanese students at Juba’s Kampala University have threatened to sue the university after failing to graduate.
This comes as the university’s main campus in Uganda prepares to hold its 19th graduation ceremony on Thursday in Gabba, Kampala.
South Sudanese students enrolled in different courses at the Juba branch, on the other hand, would be unable to graduate due to insufficient cooperation between the two institutions.
Peter Liep was looking forward to being the first member of his family to graduate on Thursday, but terrible events destroyed his expectations. He was taking a public health course.
“We were informed you couldn’t graduate because we didn’t know who you were. This was quite upsetting,” he complained.
“We were mentally destroyed.” We reported it to the embassy, but the situation has yet to be resolved. Our parents and family are heartbroken because there is no chance of graduation.
He is one among the students who are imprisoned in Kampala with just two days till graduation.
Guot Guot Akol, one of the angry students who traveled to Kampala from Aweil in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, challenged the university vice-chancellor to come out and clarify the situation.
“Katerega (Badru), the vice-chancellor, was the one who wrote to the minister of higher education—embassies and everyone—telling them that it was him who allowed Kampala University to operate in South Sudan, and that’s why everyone enrolled and has been graduating students all along up until last year in March when the last batch was graduated,” Akol explained.
Kampala University was established in 2015 and has been graduating students since then.
Those studying Accounting, Logistics, Procurement, Business Administration, Public Health, and Political Science, on the other hand, will be watching as their colleagues wear the gown.
The pupils promised to remain on campus until they graduated. They demanded that the South Sudan National Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Technology intervene and guarantee that their rights were respected.