The students from Dr. John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology in Bor Jonglei State have staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the reopening of higher learning institutions.
The protesters blocked the road to the University while carrying posters indicated; Covid-19 is no more and urged the administration to start lectures.
Dr. John Garang University was shut down during the country’s total lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020. It was never reopened despite the lifted restriction.
One of the students Agol Panchol, said they call off the strike until the administration reopens within five days.
“It is coming two years now without lectures. Other public universities like the University of Juba and Upper Nile are operational why only John Garang University is affected by COVID-19 until this time.
“We are tired of waiting. We are not doing anything for ourselves because we always promised that University would reopen soon. This confines us in Bor without going anywhere to do any other business. We hope to finish so that we get a job and do other things for our families.”
The University Dean of Students affair Prof. Majok Kelei said the administration would brief students over the cause of delay to resume lectures.
He claimed that students had ended their peaceful protest stage on roads to allow traffic flow.
“My students have abandoned the road as we talk now. I am in front of them. It is no longer on the road. It was a kind of peaceful demonstration, not violent and we are in position to sort it out.”
Dr. John Garang Memorial University of the science board of deans wrote a letter on 3rd June assuring the students that the University would reopen when the contractor supplied food.
The University was established in 2008 as one of the five public universities in the country.