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Unity state: Education a priority to improve insecurity, says minister


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

August 15, 2013 (BENTIU) - The new education minister in South Sudan’s Unity state, Peter Gai Joak, says he will work to improve the proliferation of quality education for all children in the nine counties of the state.

Joak, who was the former commissioner of Payinjiar county, said he appreciated being offered the job by caretaker governor, Joseph Nguen Monytuel, after he predecessor Angelo Chol Dong Wei was relieved from the post.

He told the almost 20 directors from different departments at the ministry on Thursday that education is the priority that will help address the ongoing insecurity in the state since South Sudan became independent two years ago.

Only 27% of South Sudan’s population can read and write with most people’s livelihoods dependent on agriculture and cattle. Much of the violence between communities in South Sudan is related to cattle raiding between rival neighboring groups.

Minister Joak said that education should be South Sudan’s priority in terms of nation building and addressing insecurity.

“Since I was a former commissioner who was serving in this state, I have never heard any teacher going for cattle raiding. Why is it not happening? Because they were educated and they know very well they are one country citizens”, said Joak.

He accentuated the need for South Sudanese to be unified in order to progress as a nation.

South Sudan’s poor economic and social cohesion has in the past been caused by a weak education system that has failed to prepare people for employment.

The minister says he will study the whole ministry for a month and has asked each department to provide a comprehensive report about the challenges they face in order to inform his future decisions about education in Unity state.

Joak warned civil servants that they must work hard and not take government money without performing the tasks that have been assigned to them.

“I will not remove you if I find you doing great work, but I will have trouble with you when I learn you do not carry out your duties amicably” added the education minister on Thursday.

Joak told all the ministry’s staff that they should feel free to contact him at any time. He urged the staff to join hands with him to create a better education system for all people of Unity state.


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  • 16 August 2013 08:13, by the wing of unitystate

    Do the best because in unity state there is some stupid people they don’t want development they make jealous for private school.special mostly they dislike yeryjie,SdA Futur basic school and maiwut primary this people they don’t want development please fir them and let them go way because and also they don’t need those who come from Ethiopia.

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    • 16 August 2013 11:19, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The education is a key for behaviour change,but within
      other tribes in south sudan the educated one behave still like un educated.Mr minister try your luck if it will become true.

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    • 16 August 2013 12:13, by Mayom County Boy

      @the Wing of Unitystate let our education ministry give it a try ,if he is succeding very well, okey this is what we want.
      but let him first make good arrange in the ministry of education ,after arrangement he must be full equipe with capacity of deployement of VIP officials to different directorate with in the ministry of education , i may say those who corrupted before should be remove,

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  • 16 August 2013 08:23, by william

    Congratulation Mr. Joak! This how our leaders are suppose to talk. Nation building does not means preaching for enemity among the same citizen so do others. indeed Dr. Joseph have employed right man at right place I hpoe all ministers in ten state of south sudan can copy that spirit practical.

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    • 16 August 2013 09:17, by omoni jr.

      Mr. william.
      This is nothing that can lead ministers from all over ten states to copy or follow here,Nothing at all... It is just mere talk and mostly money-manufacturing "wishes" and lies in order to keep the job,send his kids to best school,loot the public funds,and feed his family..It is just mouth-lips service. Lets wait and see if the man is going to keep his word as promised. "wait until jesus come"

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  • 16 August 2013 09:10, by Marco Bul

    Let there b education in Unity State,Warrap n Lakes State so z they cease from raiding n stealing.Only self reliance will bring stability n harmony.Lawlessness is not bravery!!!

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  • 16 August 2013 17:44, by Awei-ngok

    The best Minister ever to climb the ladder in Unity State. I like and wish you all the best in your quest for better and all inclusive education for the people of Unity State. Peace in Unity State as a dividend of Good General Education and equal is also peace in South Sudan as a whole. Another Gai Education Minister in Unity...another at the National level..let’s wait and see two of you.

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  • 16 August 2013 18:14, by Yuot Ker

    This could be good if the new minister can implement what he is trying to promote here in his ministry.Let we not hope that it will be a white lie at the end of the day.Ministry of education in unity state is really down and is doing nothing to the citizens in the state because most of the important departments are being led by those who do not even know what is called education and its importance

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