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Girls dropping out of education in Rumbek


By Manyang Mayom

February 19, 2011 (KAMPALA) – Education in Lakes state faces the challenge of a high dropout rate of girls from learning institutions according to Robinson Odong Wani, the Education Field Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek.

In his report to the just concluded 13th annual diocesan assembly, Odong stated that there are many girls leaving school before finishing their studies, adding that it is a concern for not only the Church but also the Lakes state ministry of education and other stakeholders.

Odong further said that the matter has been a topic of discussion in meetings organized by the education ministry, revealing that local culture is one of the factors cited as a cause of high dropout rate of girls from schools.

However, he also said that education officials have been cited as part of the problem, clarifying that there are examples of officials within the ministry of education who have either married minors or married off their underage daughters.

Odong also reported that some teachers serving in diocesan Comboni schools, face financial discrimination because of the erroneous claim that the Catholic diocese of Rumbek is financially endowed thanks to multiple donors and school fees paid by pupils and that it can afford to pay well all its teachers.

He urged the school administrators to be financially accountable and transparent, explaining that this will help clear the misconception that the Church has too much money.

Odong further said that the ministry of education expects the diocesan school to “strictly” follow the school calendar given by the ministry, specifying that 1 March has been set as the official beginning of the new academic year.

He asked the Church Personnel to abide by the regulations given by the ministry.

A meeting is scheduled for next month in Juba between the Churches and the government to discuss the collaboration between the state and the Church in education programs.

Meanwhile, Good News Radio in partnership with Mercy Beyond Borders, last week launched a weekly program called Give Girls A Chance, a series of pre-recorded and live programs aimed at promoting girl’s education.

Education training

A training that kicked off in Rumbek last Monday targeting education officials in Lakes state concluded on Thursday.

The training brought together education officials from the counties of Rumbek East, Rumbek Central and Wullu and was organized by Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) which is a department of Education Development Centre (EDC).

Addressing the participants at the close of the training, Lakes state director-general at the ministry of education, Kongor Deng Kongor criticized the duration of the training, stating that five days was not enough time for such a workshop.

He called upon the education officials to show more dedication and commitment during this academic year than ever before, cautioning against absenteeism.

He also urged education officials to build peace and foster reconciliation, advocating for consistency in their teaching profession.

However, William Kochie who spoke on behalf of the participants assured the education director-general that they had profited from the training, adding that the knowledge received during the training will be put to good use for the good of the community.

Kochie appealed to EDC to continue working with the education officials to ensure complete implementation of education programs.

Soon after the official conclusion of the workshop, Kochie said that the training enabled them know the role of the teachers in the radio program called “The Learning Village”, besides their responsibilities as education officials at all levels of the education administration at state level.

Some 30 education officials attended the training.


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  • 22 February 2011 05:35, by Dito

    Always something negative comes out of Rumbek, lake state.
    You better not reporting all together.
    This is unhealthy!

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    • 22 February 2011 05:37, by superior Junibi

      Athor rebellion as South Sudan opposition parties backbone:

      South Sudan newborn democratic system was put to test last April when this nation held one of her first and very crucial election. Those of us who had never had a chance to choose their leaders did it for the first time and as a result, we were overwhelmingly excited. But we didn’t know we were getting cheated. Most citizens smelled hope and future as they prepared for the main event, secession vote. Unfortunately hope sometimes never stands when forces behind it have different agendas and or are devoted to personal interests other than national visions. The contents in this article contain facts that were obtained from legitimate South Sudan sources and author’s opinion. I am going to focus on why Athor rebelled? What did SPLM do to back fire his rebellion? Should South Sudan citizens support George Athor as their voice to change SPLM corrupt, undemocratic, and injustice system/practices?
      SPLM Tickets (Monkey Business)
      Last April election when well to well-wishers, but in reality was an outright mess. Most of these citizens pay little or no attention to how the SPLM so called Electoral Committee divided the movement and the citizens who gave all they had to protect this country. SPLM started to give endorsement or the SPLM tickets to few, before candidates had the opportunity to convince South Sudan citizens what they can do for them.
      Basically they elected candidates by giving them SPLM tickets before South Sudan citizens voted. All the current governors such as Taban Deng Gai Vs Angelina Teny, Kuol Manyang vs George Athor, and Malong Awan vs Dau Aturjong to mention few, were initially elected by the SPLM before we can cast our votes. So our votes didn’t even matter at the time even if we voted for Athor, Angelina, or Dau. So there were two elections, one by SPLM and second by us (citizens) just to show the international community that they let us voted. The current governors within all the ten Southern States were the anointed one!!!! This messy and tricky business came about as a fear factor from SPLM thinking they will loose most loyal SPLM candidates to opposition parties whom they didn’t trust. It was designed to block SPLM-DC candidates whom they expect might run for higher government positions. It turned out most of these candidates including George Athor were SPLM loyalist, most of whom protected the movement from birth. Ironically, they were playing with a double edged sword and they are about to cut their own throats with it. Isn’t South Sudan for all of us?? Does our government have to trust certain citizens and not others when they all did what was expected for them? We fought the NCP for this exact political treatment and God forbid it happened in South Sudan and SPLM did it!!!!!!!

      Let me provoke my readers. Put yourself in DAU, ATHOR, and ANGELINA’s shoes and ask yourself if that was you, what would you do??? I know some of you will say they will not rebelled, but let me tell you this fact my friends, freedom or change are not free!!!!!! Freedom or change took Dr Garang and SPLA heroes’ lives, Dr. Martin Luther king, and many more. George Athor might be on the right track. No sound minded Southern citizens could agree April 2010 election was a legitimate system South Sudan should install and use later in 2014 election. Some of you who are reading this piece will run for political offices later and I am sure you won’t want to face the same treatment. So, somebody got to correct this system and George Athor did the right thing.

      Politic gone wild
      Let’s focus by initially starting to provoke your thoughts on Angelina’s case. To those who don’t know who Angelina is; she is a wife of Dr. Riek, a number two man in South Sudan and in SPLM party. Normally as citizens we know when one of us runs the country; we expect him and his wife united, determined and committed to the party and the country at large. But in South Sudan it’s not like we thought it would hold. Angelina Teny, Dr Riek’s wife could not even get SPLM Ticket or endorsement in April Election from a party where her husband is a number two man in commend, till she had no choice but to ran as an independent candidate!!!!! The above mentioned example should by now have you thinking and raise more questions about who really is running SPLM then?? Are number one man (Salva) and the number two man (Riek) working together to safeguard our new born nation???

      SPLM and its electoral committee divided up its own members by appointing those they like and create a term for those they didn’t want as independent candidates. This plan was very tactical since they knew our population is not so far gone when it come to understanding politic. SPLM calculated that our uneducated citizens/voters will automatically assume independent candidates as none SPLM loyalists or traitors (Anyagats) coming from a character deformed SPLM-DC party of Dr. Lam Akol. Citizens took it exactly as SPLM expected and only informed few vote for independent candidates. In addition to that, they ridged the result to fully secure the anointed candidates. Their prediction combined with dirty hands made them won by 99.9%. I have never seen a country where human candidate can win with 100% if dirty hands were not counting the votes. This duress action was motivated by power hungriness. SPLM Elites have a very naïve thinking about Southern citizens that, we are the dumb majority and they are the smarter few who can manipulated us and lie to us so they can stay in power till they die.

      Some thugs within the SPLM party who are conspiracy theorists use SPLM powers to carry on their personal hate. Gier Chuang Aluong is a good example in this situation. This thug had carried out several stage executions of innocent citizens in Panyido, in Ethiopia. He was just in the came hunting for food and shooting people he don’t like in front of these kids so called Lost Boys while Goerge Athor was fighting the Arabs. That was a mere child abuse, and a crime against humanity. Now, he still has the same mentality and wants to use his personal hate against Gen Athor by using SPLM forces.
      Well George Athor is proving them wrong. He will be known in our independent South Sudan history as a first person to challenge SPLM corrupt and undemocratic system. He will be known as the voice of opposition and a father of multi-party system in South Sudan. South Sudan should not have one tribal SPLM party who is run by one man and his gangs. I argue all the Jonglei people, NUER, DINKA BOR, DINKA NGOK, MURLE, and ANYUAK to support General George Athor as a father of all the opposition parties. Let’s put tribalism aside, and let’s look at this opportunity as a future change for our kids and yours. Governor Kuol Manyang is a close relative to me, but I am not going to chose family over South Sudan future. I am not arguing anyone to use force to support Gen Athor, but to rally for peaceful settlement and joined his new born to be political party. Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Nile States could be categorically the best states to have overwhelming support for new South Sudan Democratic party. These States are very diverse and contain larger population. SPLM party need someone to force them provide services to the people or else get voted out of offices come 2014 by SSDP candidates.

      George Athor needs to cease hostilities and joint the government of South Sudan but not the SPLM. South Sudan Democratic party (SSDP) His new political party will act as the main largers opposition party to SPLM .It will be supported by DINKA NGOK, NUER, DINKA BOR, MURLE and many Southern citizens who have a democratic will. Those who belief in a full participation of all the Southern citizens should joint hand for peaceful settlement of Gen. George Athor rebellion. All the opposition parties should joint Athor’s up coming SOUTH SUDAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY (SSDP). By doing so, Southern citizens who want to run against SPLM candidates will have hope and run as SSDP candidates. They will never be send away as independent candidates. They will debate with SPLM candidates till citizens pick them.
      Long live Democratic change with in South Sudan

      Author lives in USA and

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      • 22 February 2011 08:08, by Peter Mading

        Dear Superior;
        What you are writing in a lengthy paragraphs is not relevant to this article. Do not led your high affinity of acquired knowledge cheat you.

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        • 22 February 2011 08:30, by Peter Mading

          Yes Mr. Odong,
          There are many girls leaving the schools. Reasons are two:
          One reason is cultural practices that parents allow their girls to be married with cattle- That is positive to them;

          Second reasons is that the teachers including head teachers especially in Comboni are they one making girls pregnant and they dropped out. They do not even go and marry them. That is very negative to the parents of the school girls.

          Third reason is the inability of the Comboni School Administration to recurit teachers who are responsible and mature in mind to teach in Comboni school.

          Fourth reasons is lack of Motivation and staff value from Comboni Administration.

          It is good to send boys to Comboni School than Girls. There is need to do wareness to teachers and mature pupils on Ethics and Education so that both Girls and boys benefit from the learning facilities.

          Do you have any progress about Girls in Loreto? What are the problems there? There is need to find out why girls are dropping out of the Schools.

          Ministry of Education: I only respect the Director General of the Ministry of Education but there no people or teachers to work with him. In simple mathematics one Minus One thousand is equal Minus Nine hundred and ninety nine. Kongor will not help the situation. He needs strong people in the Ministry to work with.

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  • 22 February 2011 08:46, by Jeti

    Dear sisters from Lake State, please don’t drop out of schools very early. The sweetness of education is yours not for any other person you think. You need to fight for your rights in the cultured state of Lake. Be in schools.

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  • 22 February 2011 09:44, by Malek Maker

    Dear readers,
    These people who used to give the information should come up with "Anti-girl-drop out Campaign" which will be going home to home, door to door in all Lakes Counties. Let them call upon all the girls to stop dropping out of school for their own reasons if it’s there.

    If it’s not for their own reasons, let them go on street. I think they have heard demonstrations which are happening now in all African’s countries - Oh girls try Protests with your allies if you have some!!!!

    May be try encouraging those who are going on with their studies.

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  • 22 February 2011 10:33, by Alfredo christiani

    The reporter has nothing to write on this website .one day he will report how somebody fucks his wife on a bed in Rumbek

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    • 22 February 2011 21:50, by South Elite Eye (see)

      Dear all,

      What malady had entered this young lad(Superior)?
      We are talking about girls dropping out of schools not mutiny for power gourmand.
      Hopefully our government will use the Old Testament technique, i.e an eye for an eye in Athor case to protect our mutual desire for freedom and peace.

      Mr Dito is neither less nor better than "Superior Junubi", there is no point nor heaven sake reason to write your nasty few lines on our journalist who work around the clock to keep us up to date on affairs in south Sudan.

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      • 23 February 2011 07:29, by superior Junibi

        You are truly an Elites’ EYE Mr. SEE
        I know those elites see your ass every night before they send your deformed ass to snitch on true South Sudan citizens. Do you think us talking about girls dropping out of school will help if your Pimp Daddeis(SPLM) elites have no will to even think about it???

        Wow, what a true lad???

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