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Teachers dismissed over schoolgirl pregnancies in Rumbek

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December 3, 2011 (RUMBEK) - Lakes state’s ministry of education has dismissed three teachers and suspended four others following allegations that they impregnated schoolgirls in Rumbek.

Investigations, which began after around 40 girls between the age of 15 and 17 pulled out of schools in Lakes state after falling pregnant, found that three teachers should be sacked. The other four have been suspended while the ministry continues pursuing the case.

The legal age of consent in South Sudan in 18, although under traditional customs girls can marry as soon as they begin menstruating. This disparity has brought Dinka youth into conflict with authorities in Lakes state who have jailed men and boys who have impregnated unmarried underage girls.

It is expected that the teachers will be tried either in at Rumbek’s court of justice or in a local traditional court.

The, director general for education, Kangor Deng Kangor, said Saturday that the incidents were "no joke" and that the suspended teachers would be sacked if it was proved they had sex with their students.

Two teachers were suspended and two sacked from Rumbek East County, as well as a deputy headmaster in Awerial County.

He said that ministry of education will not allow such teachers to continue teaching in any schools in the state because they had violated teaching ethics.

The ministry’s investigation team included the the board of directors and the director of equality promotion. They gathered information from headmasters and county education directors who recommending teachers for dismissal and suspension.

He advised all sectors responsible for education in the state help the ministry of education stop the practice, saying schoolgirls had the right not be abused in their community.

Kangor said his office would eventually release the names of the accused teachers so they would not be able to find work at other schools in other states of South Sudan.

There are still 33 schoolgirl pregnancies in Lakes state which remain unaccounted for according to the ministry of education, which says it is clamping down on the practice to restore parent’s trust in the school system.

This is the first time Lakes state ministry of education has dismissed teachers who have had sexual relations with their students.

Kongar added that the examination for primary schools started early last week and the schools are expected to be closed officially on 20 December and reopen in the first week of February 2012.

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  • 4 December 2011 07:25, by Nuerone Mafitabu

    What is wrong with those teachers, every months teacher spoieled a student, WHY?

    People of rumbek proved to be the senior criminals,in all crimes, even killing.

    YOU ARE SPOILLING YOUR OWN KIDS, AND NO CATTLES WILL BE PAY.

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    • 4 December 2011 07:58, by Snipper

      Let’s not blame the teachers but government!

      You can’t draw people on the street,place them in authority and hope that they will act ethically! Every profession begins with training and every training include some models of ethics. How can we blame the innocent people who do not know what is call "fiduciary duty"? Not only Lake state but every state in south sudan has the same stories.

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    • 4 December 2011 07:58, by Acinitos

      I Hope government have to set tough situation to teachers,those who commited the crime should be fire and jail ten year without bail out,they should working in fram to produce food.under surppervission prison guide they are criminal distory the feature of the country.

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    • 4 December 2011 16:09, by mayombo

      By the some way of this girls are very hot and you Know most teachers are young men of age between 20-25 so it’s become very difficult for young garl to say no and also very dificult for this teacher to look aside and offcourse some of them if
      not all are not trained and therefore lack Ethics

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    • 5 December 2011 08:48, by peace

      Am telling you love is blind,so teachers forget of their position,if teachers knows what they did,they are suppose to resign before being fired, then it will be treated as different case,teachers should stop these barbaric act,they should know that there is law now in Sudan not like before where you do what you want to do.they have to abide by law s Sudan is a country.

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  • 4 December 2011 07:47, by Peter Marko

    They do not just need to be dismissed; they should be jailed for having sex with the minors. Our nation needs to enact the laws that protect the minor girls from adult predators. There should not be sex between the minor and an adult, and the offenders should be jailed for long time. Also, the marriage should be based on consent, not forced; also, it must be between 2 genders who are 18+.

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    • 4 December 2011 07:56, by Sir. Nostalgic

      Sorry, but what shows that they are the one who impregnated 40 dropped out girls? Also, lack of priorities for girls is making girls redundant and make them look for husbands when they are young because their parents need 300 heads of cattle and a girl can’t educate and because like a village they marry at such high pricing. Sorry, Rumbek is in problem

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      • 4 December 2011 08:05, by Acinitos

        Such first crime like that goverment Have show the example to Teachers that is not allowed by let them feels the pains of punishment of playing the school girls

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  • 4 December 2011 08:44, by Daniel Buolmawei

    This is sickening. Lakes State wants to be number one for everything including random sex. Fascinating.

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  • 4 December 2011 09:52, by J P Puok

    You remember last week ! one student in Unity state pregnant by a foriegner uproar !!!! now 40 FORTY students by their fellow citizens ! where?
    in Lakes state. these are just the courageous ones who cameout. What of silient majority deep down in the rural areas? not only teachers to be blame girls too !pergnacy bring shame to family of the girl why then?
    lord hear us!

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  • 4 December 2011 09:55, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Don’t blame Lake state citizens for wrong reports being always posted by the enemies of the state.
    In any state there are the same problems and peoples do not talk about it like
    Home sexual HIV /AIDS are common things in Upper Nile and Equatoria
    Children are being sale out like commonalities in Jongle state
    Don’t fools peoples of lake state, you guys take care

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    • 4 December 2011 11:21, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Are you trying to deny this report or what, Mr. Alfredo? Regardless of your unsupported allegations of homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, etc., in Upper Nile and Equatoria, respectively, I would like to ask you some questions: if these allegations were/are not reported, how did/do you know they were/are happening in the said regions? Take care, too, Mr. alfredo. You are a typical laker.

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  • 4 December 2011 19:36, by Allajabu

    Under Salva Kiir Mayardiit, who is himself abusing female workers at places of work in GOSS, there can never be rule of laws. Constitution is neither Koran nor bible, it is inglorious thing tramped on as they match on looting and stealing resources of South Sudan.

    Hassan Al Surur Dinkawi

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  • 5 December 2011 07:29, by silk Kottora

    Who is innocent in the world of today? no body.
    The solution is in contraceptives as it is the case everywhere!!!

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