Public varsities runoff lecture halls as intake increases

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Professor John Akec in a meeting-File photo

By Bida Elly David

The vice Chancellor for the University of Juba has revealed that most public Universities in the Country are running short of lecture halls amid increase in the recent admission of students and urged the government to aid establishment of more lecture halls.

Professor John Akec, the VC of the University of Juba disclosed this during a consultative meeting with President Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday.

The meeting was purposely held to brief the President on the situation of the University of Juba as well as other Public Universities in the country especially on the need to establish more lecture halls for accommodating the ballooning current intake of students into the public universities.

Over the past years, public Universities have been in the lead of admitting students into different faculties in the academic zone compared to private universities. Most students tend to join public institutions due to high fees that private institutions charge per learning courses and because of these financial constraints, a large number turned off to join public institutions.

Out of the five public Universities in the Country, a big number of students value University of Juba since it is centered within the circumference of the Country’s capital city as well as its global recognition amid academics. 

Speaking to the media after the meeting yesterday, John Akec, the vice chancellor of the University of Juba stated the University shall graduate about 7,000 students this year.

“We are really working towards expanding more lecture halls in our facility since the number of intakes have increased. Many students are getting admitted to the public Universities and with this, there is need for us to be aided towards improving the accommodation,” he said.

Furthermore, Akec underscored the need for public Universities to engage with government institutions to brainstorm on ways of restructuring the cripple status of the economy.

“During our meeting with the President, we discussed the need for public Universities to engage with the government institutions in revising the policies that will improve the economy, agriculture and education system in the Country as addition to the current developmental plans in the Country,” he underscored.

At the same note, Akec pointed out the need for the government to put into consideration mechanisms through which the current deteriorating economy should be restored into equilibrium level for the benefit of all the citizens.

“We had a fruitful meeting with the President and I hope there will be steady improvements in the state of affairs of public Universities across the Country such that young people gain skills and knowledge to address issues pertaining the Country at all levels,” he echoed’

Prof. Akec noted that there were numerous challenges that other Universities were facing in distinction to what University of Juba faces.

Meanwhile President Kiir welcomed the highlights from Akec and considered them to be put into execution as soon as possible. 

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