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Jonglei: Mayor pushes for teacher pay raise

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June 16, 2013 (BOR) - The mayor of Bor town municipality, Nhial Majak Nhial, has pledged to push for a pay raise for teachers, as one way of improving the quality of education in the state.

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Achii Deng, 16, who lost her arm in a car accident stands next to Bor town mayor Nhial Majak Nhial after he announced she had secured a full scholarship to continue her studies (ST)

Hundreds of school children campaigning for free and quality education in Jonglei, have called on the government to establish free schools with qualified teachers.

On Saturday, children from various primary schools in Bor gathered in Bor A primary school to mark African Child Day, held annually to highlight issues facing children across the continent.

Speaking at the event, Nhial pledged to provide an annual pay raise to teachers from his own pocket.

The majority of primary teachers in Jonglei are employed in grade 12 and receive 362 South Sudanese pounds a month.

Nhial said he would personally offer a pay raise to the teachers identified as offering the best standards of education.

He also urged pupils to remain committed to their studies, regardless of the problems they faced.

Children attending the event called on the government to provide them with free quality schools for learning.

Parents are currently asked to foot the bill for their children’s uniforms, examination fees, as well as other monthly financial contributions.

Some parents, who earn less than one dollar per month, are unable to pay the school fees, forcing many children to either discontinue their education or resort to alternative ways of earning money.

Most end up on streets as bag-snatchers and pickpockets.

As part of efforts to lift education levels, the mayor has offered a continuous scholarship to one primary school-aged girl based on her academic achievement.

The recipient - 16-year-old Achii Deng - lost her arm in a car accident in 2006.

Under the full scholarship, Deng will be able to complete her studies in Jonglei at the primary and secondary schools of her choice.

Nhial said he would extend the scholarship to university if Deng graduates from secondary school successfully.

Nhial said Deng had been selected for the scholarship for her commitment to her academic studies.

According to Nhial the girl had become a symbol of determination, highlighting that “disability is not [an] inability”.

Deng told Sudan Tribune that she intended to take full advantage of the opportunity offered to her and plans to continue her studies at university level.

(ST)

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  • 17 June 2013 05:19, by Dinkawarrior

    Nhial Majak, you’re doing great job but a lot of things need to be done. Those are including security issues, Land grabbing by officials, and Land prevention by some people. Specially your Anyidi and Makuach people, Please let them know that Bor city is everyone’s Land. They were not the one who fought alone during the war, some other people die in Bor and they were not belong to them.

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    • 17 June 2013 06:49, by Greater-Equatoria-Region

      Nhial Majak Nhial, what’s 362 SSP pay per month compared to the high cost of living in the country? Please be paying them 1,000 SSP per month and they will deliver quality education to children.
      Thank you.

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      • 18 June 2013 00:21, by Henry Makuei

        Thanks Mayor (Nhial) for your starting point I believe the education is the best stategy to uplift the people of Jonglei, I would advise you to extend that vision to Murle, Jieh and Kachipo because they are left behind and it will be another way to bringing peace to our state.

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    • 17 June 2013 10:17, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      U are put there because you are the son of this pple. they do understand, pls my dear! talk to your people, Bortown is not for Makuach or Anyidi payam its for all of us. give them direction otherwise, we ’re threaten our development.

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      • 17 June 2013 14:47, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Mayen,we people of Bor have no problems with our brothers and sisters from others counties.our fear is that we may be homeless in coming years as the land is being sold plot by plot.Tebek,langbaar,Malou ,Payaak and Akuooch.these areas used to be cattlecamps for sheltering cows during the winter season from raiders or just being higher grounds.We want people of Twic east to settle in Paweel or

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        • 17 June 2013 14:51, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Panyagoor,these places are peaceful.they deserve to be develope so as they could serve as conduits between Bor and Dukkeen.

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    • 17 June 2013 14:35, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You have stated a concrete point Dinkawarrior,The reasons why people move and settled in Bortown are not sincere.The security and services are not even available.If Bortown is to be attack by rebels for instance.What will happen to the vulnerable children and elderly? well,most of them and the cowards will jump into the nile and drown.making its the worse disaster ever happen to Bortown residents.

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  • 17 June 2013 08:54, by panda

    Well done Nhial we know you very ,go a head improve our state,and you have ideas come from west too that will help,the country need people like you.

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  • 17 June 2013 11:42, by Gabriel KK

    Great Job Nhial, teachers should be giving all the respect and good pay because they deserve them.

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  • 17 June 2013 12:03, by Jocque

    Well done Mayor! Nhial is a man with unquestioned abilities, rest assured he will deliver when afforded with a chance to do so. I think people need to be a little sensible here, Nhial ascension to mayorship have no correlation with Makuach and Anyidi Payams ownership of Bor. I believe every inch of South Sudan belongs to its citizen but that does not precede ancestral ownership to a piece of land

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  • 17 June 2013 13:03, by Lual Mayomdit

    Feed the chicken before giving you an egg!teachers are the most margenalise and victim of low pay.people should follow that of Bor Mayor.Bravo sir,keep it burning.

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  • 17 June 2013 14:41, by wieu-madiak

    the others states will do thesame thing,because increase of the sallry to the teachers is very important

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    • 17 June 2013 15:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I don’t think Nhial is that filthy rich to start paying people from his pocket.although he is surrounded by rich people.He is too young to start giving back to the community,if this is true,then the money will pass through me first for inspections and recordings.before I can personally deliver it on foot to the endorsees.I will not be happy if Nhial pull another stunt of podium generousity

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      • 17 June 2013 15:09, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        like his late uncle Achol Deng Mabur who promised kids resettlements that never come to pass.

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  • 18 June 2013 05:26, by Suleiman

    I realy appreciate what Nhial did to disabled Girl BUT, hw come that a person by himself say that he will pay the teachers with his own money? What if he will be in that post for more than one month above? He will just take office money like he is fetching water from pool?
    My friend Nhial, adjust your self before taking days/ months in that position.
    Otherwise, ppple will end up with heaaaaaaaaaa

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  • 18 June 2013 06:53, by dinkdong

    Inexperience mayor. I bet he doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about

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    • 18 June 2013 16:20, by Peter Malith

      Dear Mayor, it is a road talk, i don`t think that the Ministry of education,Council of Ministers and the state sleeping assemble in Jonglei State will increase the teachers salaries because teacher had tried several times to made strikes but no resolved from the above mentioned.
      additional issue, the austerity majors in south Sudan it is a critical and adding of the oil soon to be closed down

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