Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

11 December 2012

Sudan: 'Gezira University Problem Not Related to Tuition Fees', Ministry

Khartoum — The Minister of Higher Education, Khamis Kajo Kunda, stressed that the problem of Gezira University is not related to the exemption of tuition fees. He explained at a press conference on Monday, 10 December, in the Sudanese Media Center in Khartoum that the registration fee is obligatory for students in all levels of university education.

The minister added that the term 'tuition fees' includes both registration and tuition fees. He stated that the registration fee is obligatory for all students, even those exempted from paying tuition fees.

Additionally, Kajo Kunda said that the Doha Document concerns displaced and refugees and stressed that the Darfur Regional Authority should specify what is meant with 'displaced and refugees'.

He stated that the Ministry of Higher Education inquired about the details of the exemption of tuition fees with the authorities involved in the Doha Document. The minister commented that no explanation was given until the beginning of the academic year.

Furthermore, he said at the press conference that the President of the Darfur Regional Authority, Dr. Tijani Sese, confirmed that the exemption is not applicable to all of the people of Darfur.

'Nonsense'

For his part, the spokesman of the Darfur Students Organization rejected Sese's quote that the exemption of tuition fees is restricted to Darfuri's in displaced and refugee camps. Mohamed Moussa, the union's spokesman, described the minister's statement as 'nonsense' and said: "all of us in Darfur are displaced, whether we live in villages or in the valleys.. We are all displaced and this must be acknowledged, regardless of whether the student takes his exam in a camp, in Nyala or El Fasher."

He stressed that all of the people of Darfur are affected and must be treated equally and added: "what has happened here is happening all over Darfur and the United Nations is aware of this".

At the same time, the Darfur Students Organization demanded Dr. Hajj Adam Yousef, Dr. Tijani Sese and Minister of Health, Bahr Abu Garda as well as all MPs from Darfur to submit their resignations.

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