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South Sudan pledges “radical policy” to improve educational system


By Ngor Arol Garang

May 3, 2012 (MALAKAL) - South Sudan has pledged to implement a policy to improve the country’s education system the Minister of Higher Education said on Wednesday.

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South Sudanese school children (BBC/Simon Murphy)

Minister Peter Adwok Nyaba made the remarks live on the South Sudan Television and Radio (SSTV), shortly after participating in a workshop bringing together stakeholders drawn from various higher learning institutions across South Sudan. 

The workshop attracted participants from public institutions such as the universities of Juba, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile, Bahr el Ghazal, Rumbek and the University of Dr. John Garang as well as private higher learning institutions.

Speaking at the meeting, Nyaba said the Ministry of Education will improve the quality of higher and tertiary education and training. He explained that higher and tertiary education will cover Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), professional education, university education, as well as research education in South Sudan.

Nyaba explained that TVET is a unique system that caters for the training in technical, vocational knowledge and skills from apprenticeships to managerial levels, as enshrined in the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan and Skills Qualification Framework.

He disclosed that the ministry will establish a Higher Education Observatory (HEO) body together with the National Training Authority (NTA) in order to standardise, validate, and accredit higher education programmes. He also disclosed that the sector shall organise working sessions to review quarter reports of all the main tertiary institutions.
Minister Nyaba also spoke about the Ministry’s commitment to setting up a team that will be tasked with monitoring the integration.

“It is vital to build institutional and individual capacities in order to attain the critical mass of researchers in the country and tertiary education institutions to ensure their adherence to policies and procedure”, said Nyaba

Adding his voice, the minister of general education, Joseph Ukel, expressed his concern over the great gender disparity that exists in South Sudanese education. He also observed that a large number of higher and tertiary education institutions are concentrated around the urban areas.

A report released in April by the UK’s ex-prime minister, Gordon Brown, revealed that of the countries for which data is available, South Sudan has the worst level of secondary education enrolment. Also, less than five percent of girls in South Sudan complete primary education; and in some parts of the country there are 200 students to every teacher.

The development of the South Sudanese education system has been fraught with challenges. In July 2011 one of the world’s leading publishers of English Language teaching and school curriculum materials, Macmillan Education, was fined US$11.7 million for bribing government officials to secure contracts.

After more than two decades of civil war, woeful under-investment under the former rule of Khartoum and statehood achieved only last year, much of South Sudan’s infrastructure is in urgent need of development.


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  • 4 May 2012 09:16, by viper

    I don,t think that an improvement will take place in our education sector because the government officials particularly the current ruling party official have all send their sons and daughters abroad for studies which makes it difficult for them to agree on educational budget that can raise our education level. The current gov’t under Mayardit is a failed gov’t and there is no hope on them in educ

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    • 4 May 2012 09:23, by viper

      Education sector because the very money that were suppose to be paid to education are the ones that they are sending abroad to their sons and daughters for their studies. I do wonder why are they still sending their children abroad when the nation that we fought for is now in our hands but I was answered by one of my friends that these pple are lacking nationalism. They are greedy and selfish lead

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  • 4 May 2012 09:19, by Corrector

    Good Luck.

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    • 4 May 2012 09:26, by viper

      Good luck to who? Don,t you know that luck is for loosers? Do you mean this luck to the pple of S. Sudan or to those looters from the SPLM?

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  • 4 May 2012 12:00, by Beneben Bai

    viper, pleaes calm down. although it is a hot problem, it will be solved soon, we are on the way for solvoing it.

    Ngor Arol, the priority my brother now is to strengthen our capacity to defend our nation territories. education is there but lets finalise external threats first with our full thoughts and strength

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  • 4 May 2012 13:48, by Jewish Ally

    Mr Nyaba please if you want an improvement in this sector take into account the following
    - develop standard curriculm
    - Avoid sponsoring non productive student out side the country
    - hire most qualified lecturers to the higher intitutions of learning
    let have the spirit of Nationalism

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