Academics strike over pay at public universities

Professors and lecturers in South Sudan's five public universities were on strike last week because the government has not paid their back salaries for the past three months and other benefits for the past year, writes Waakhe Simon Wudu for Voice of America.

South Sudan's under-secretary of higher education said his ministry is aware of the university employee demands, but the government is too broke to come up with the money. The five public universities are the University of Juba, Upper Nile University, the University of Bahr El-Ghazal, Rumbek University and Dr John Garang Memorial University of Science and Technology.

Representatives of South Sudan's universities called a news conference in Juba to announce the strike. Philip Finish Apollo, spokesman for the South Sudan Public Universities Staff Association and acting president of the University of Juba Academic Staff Association, said professors and lecturers have vowed to go on strike until the finance ministry settles their previous debts and delivers the new salary adjustments.
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