September 17, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(HARARE) – The government has committed to settle outstanding tuition arrears accumulated by South Sudanese students on government scholarships in the southern African country of Zimbabwe. South Sudan and Zimbabwe share a long historical relationship in collaboration within the higher education sector.
The pledge follows a visit by Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga in the company of presidential adviser and government special envoy Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin to Zimbabwe to attend the funeral of the country’s late president Robert Gabriel Mugabe.
The vice president blamed the Ministry of Higher Education for the delays in settling dues worth $1.5 million (195 million South Sudan Pounds) despite getting the directive from the council of ministers in January 2019 to so.
Early in April this year, the students had no option but to leave campus and live in the compound of the South Sudanese embassy in Harare while waiting for government response.
He also assured students that a follow-up to resolve the problem would be made at the executive level of the government.
Attesting the dire financial situation of the students, the vice president offered $15,000 (1.9 million South Sudan Pounds) on the spur of the moment to enable them purchase basic needs for the time being.
The deadline for their graduation passed in July 2019.
It is generally understood that their transcripts will be released when all the monies they owe the universities they study in are cleared.