Home | News    Tuesday 11 September 2012

Low pay forces teachers to take NGO jobs in Unity State


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

September 10, 2012 (BENTIU) - Teachers in South Sudan’s Unity State say that their low salaries are forcing them to look for work at the United Nations or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), leaving schools without enough teaching staff.

Despite falling inflation in recent months South Sudan is in suffering from an economic crisis triggered by Juba’s decision to stop oil production earlier this year over a fee dispute with Khartoum. The stoppage meant that the government lost 98% of its revenue and has had to make cuts in many areas.

Before the oil shutdown and the rapid inflation that followed teachers were paid less than the equivalent of $200, which some teachers in Unity State say is not not enough to live on in South Sudan.

Unity State and others on the border with Sudan have been the worst affected by the economic crisis as they used import most of their goods from Sudan until Khartoum closed the border last year, accusing the newly independent nation of backing Sudanese rebels.

Teachers at Bentiu A secondary school (BASS), which has 500 student, say that their monthly wage of 750 South Sudanese Pounds is not enough to support their families and have warned that more of them may be forced to look for more lucrative work at the many international organisations that operate in the severely under developed nation.

The temptation to leave teaching for less skilled work at institutions such as the UN was exacerbated recently when the United Nation Mission in South Sudan advertised for 20 positions as security guards earning 1,200-1,500 SSP, double a teachers’ salary.

Student told Sudan Tribune on Monday at Bentiu A Secondary School that many teachers have abandoned their normal duties due to insufficient money received from government.

Bol Thow Nyuon Giel is a chemistry teacher at Bentiu Secondary says there are number of challenges facing teachers in the state, especially lack of funds, meaning that a number of teacher have left to look for better paid NGO jobs.

Giel said that this means many teachers now have to cover various secondary schools in Bentiu town. He called on the government to reverse the trend by increasing salaries for education workers.

“I think if they are paying me good money there is no reason for me to leave, because the issue is that some of the problems which are facing you are now fulfill by the place where you are working, no need for you to go for NGO’s or to go and look for special work where you can get more income, if they are paying me the same people are pay in NGO’s I believe that there will be no reason for the teachers to leave schools and work with NGO’s”, Giel added.

Nyapini Wal Khan, a third year student at Bentiu A Secondary School, said that students found it hard to learn because of the number of teachers who have abandoned their positions. He urged the government to fulfill the teachers’ needs in term of improving salary payment.

Peter Kuoy Bona, the school’s head teacher also agreed that low teacher salaries contributed to the lack of teachers. Bona appealed to the Unity State government to focus more on education so that for better future of nation.

The school has around 24 teachers both volunteers and full-time employees, he said, but as the majority received "low pay" he is not confident that they will all continue to fulfill their duties.

Bona added that the Ministry of Education needs to develop vocational training centres for the national teachers around the country to improve make them more professional. He confirmed that none of the teachers at his school including himself, had ever received any teaching methodology training.

Less than 30% of people in South Sudanese can read and write a legacy of decades of civil war and underinvestment in education, while the region was part of Sudan.

Having seceded from Sudan in July last year, South Sudan is in the process of adopting a new syllabus, taught in English, to replace the old Sudanese education, which was in Arabic.


info portfolio

Bentiu A Secondary Students attend a rally on Monday, 10 September 2012 (...)
Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 11 September 2012 06:57, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Getting to buy a sack of grain or sorghum in Panriang is well above what a teacher can receive. Some teachers receive only 240ssp three times least compared with 750 ssp which is least to gets one a sack of sorgum. Government needs to do something for the teachers or risk losing all for NGOs.

    repondre message

    • 11 September 2012 07:06, by Kurnyel

      Low payment plus collbrations to snice against your Taban and your Kiir to White people that is what you south Sudanese do, especially Nuer they are just betrayers in their life.

      repondre message

      • 11 September 2012 08:35, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        The whole issue here is not low payment but high prices of commodities. The gov’t should come up with concrete policy to regulate market prices.
        Kurnyel: My friend I normally love to advice you to be far from tribal arguement because they will never help us to solve our problems but instead worsen them. Why you are always against Nuer People? If you have any unfinished business, be specific.

        repondre message

  • 11 September 2012 09:10, by Guandong

    The RSS is paying only SPLA for Kiir want to remain on power through them. SSPS n other workers are not paying high w/c mean if u go on demonstration or turn to the government u will end up with SPLA. that is why we said let the army be separated with the political parties.

    repondre message

  • 11 September 2012 10:01, by peter Marial

    Low payment and lack of capacity building has added injury into insult. Gov’t must do sth to maintain those teachers who have sacrified their lives to teach their South Sudanese and avoid paying mps more money than teachers.

    repondre message

  • 11 September 2012 10:50, by Majok Akuecbeny

    Teachers must be given their right and I think the Government has been advocating to eradicate illiteracy in South.The Government has to verify the Rate of payment & upgrade their Salaries to prevent them from moving to NGOs.

    repondre message

    • 11 September 2012 22:43, by panom lualbil

      Hello WORLDS, See nuer being without patience even whenever it’s for themselves! This evidence is similar to such of their rebellions against spla during the civil-war. Naath cann’t stand difficulties that including empty stomach. They are now simply leaving students for matter of just fews days prior to oils’resumpsion. But shortly after resumpsion of oils and everyone is raised, they’ll come

      repondre message

      • 11 September 2012 22:47, by panom lualbil

        back and claim their positions without humiliation. I dont care either whether they leave their children without education, they wont learn nothing but tribalism.

        repondre message

      • 12 September 2012 10:45, by Lat Dak Nyaroah

        Panom, Unity state is consist of both Nuer and Dinkas. Please, rinse your mouth with cool water so that your brain may transmit right message to your tangue. If you want to insult Nuer, kindly, create a subject or post your email so that you may receive concrete comments from sound minded Nuer People. I warn you to be far from tribal differences and let you be identified as South Sudanese.

        repondre message

  • 12 September 2012 01:10, by solider

    SPLM/N are getting a very high salaries from south sudan government and the citizens of ss are getting nothing. i wonder till when ss will keep on going in this madness and self destruction ?

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Perspectives on Kiir and Machar meeting 2018-06-20 22:48:12 By Santino Ayual Bol IGAD which has been facilitating and mediating the slow-heel Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan shortly abbreviated as ARCISS has unilaterally (...)

SLM’s al-Nur’s response to Troika countries about violence in Darfur 2018-06-20 22:02:28 Response by the Sudan Liberation Movement to statement by the United States, United Kingdom & Kingdom Of Norway on cessation of violence in Darfur By Abdul Wahid al-Nur Dear President (...)

Another electoral farce Sudanese should expect in 2020 2018-06-18 02:08:16 Sudanese Elections Scheduled for 2020 will be Fraught with Dangers andCounterfeiting like its predecessors By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The National Congress Party (NCP) regime’s Elections Scheduled (...)


Latest Press Releases

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.