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2014/05/31 Emergency schooling during the crisis since December 2013 has reached about 110,000 children. But many schools suffer from gross overcrowding, and the target was over 200,000 children. As of 31st May, the education section of the Consolidated Appeal had only been 32% funded. Snippet: Emergency schooling during the crisis since December 2013 has reached ....
2014/06/03 The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers there are, and is therefore planning a head-count. The exercise is to interview every individual teacher. Snippet: The Ministry of Education says it does not know how many teachers ther....
2014/06/02 to 2014/06/03 National- and state- level education ministers meet for consultation. Among problems discussed are weak arrangements for examinations, lack of textbooks, and the need for a system which embraces people with disabilities. Snippet: National- and state- level education ministers meet for consultation. ....
2014/05 A new physical certificate of secondary education - more difficult to forge - is approved by the Ministry of Education. Snippet: A new physical certificate of secondary education - more difficult to ....
2014/05/05 The Human Rights Commission is developing a human rights curriculum and teaching materials for both primary and secondary schools. Snippet: The Human Rights Commission is developing a human ....
2014/05 A 20-part peacebuilding radio drama series named 'Sawa Shabab' is launched, based on an educational peacebuilding curriculum. It is produced by Free Voice South Sudan with support from USIP, to be aired on Radio Miraya and the Catholic Radio Network and other local stations. Snippet: A 20-part peacebuilding radio drama series named &....
2014/04/30 The National Crisis Management Committee is blamed by the NBGS Education Minister for still blocking payment of teachers' February salaries, leading to stoppages of schooling in the state. Snippet
2014/04/17 The first batch of 116 students graduates from [the latest incarnation of] Lainya vocational training institute, in a project run by PLAN International, funded by the EU. Snippet 1830
2014/04 Education Minister John Gai Yoh visits Egypt. It is announced that Egypt will provide at least 2,500 scholarships for South Sudanese, and Alexandria University hopes to establish a branch in South Sudan. Snippet
2013/11 1,851 students sit the South Sudan School Certificate Exams in November 2013. The pass rate is 65%. Church-aided schools perform better than government and private schools. There are no results for two schools whose exam papers were destroyed in events of the rebellion. Results are withheld for three schools where cheating was suspected. Snippet
2014/04 Most school students are late for the beginning of the school year, according to the Education Director of Tonj South County (Warrap State). This may be because they are following the pattern previously established in Sudan. Or it may be because they have not returned from seasonal fishing and cattle-herding in remote wetlands. Snippet
2014/04 There is no secondary school in Pochalla County. The main option for students seeking secondary education is to go to Ethiopia. Snippet
2014/03/28 The WBGS Education Ministry announces changes to the school system in 2015: secondary schooling will be four years rather than three, and Arabic will no longer be used as a medium of instruction. Snippet
2014/03 The CES Ministry of Education has ruled that school students are examined on the South Sudan syllabus. This is a problem for students in three of the state's counties - including Yei River County - where the students have been using the Uganda syllabus. Snippet
2014/03 The Health Ministry resolves to open new medical schools in Bor, Torit, Yambio, Wau and Aweil in an attempt to double the rate of training medical personnel. Snippet
2014/03 Three years after eruption of fighting in Pibor area (Jonglei state), most schools remain closed. Currently the problem is not so much direct insecurity as indirect effects: limited availability of teachers, and difficulty getting ready to use the new South Sudan curriculum. Pibor County Commissioner hopes schools will open in April with the help of UNICEF. Snippet
2014/03 There are still problems in changing from the school syllabus of Sudan to that of South Sudan, particularly at secondary level. Reasons include lack of key books in schools, poor quality of some South Sudan syllabus books, and a need for more training of teachers in the new syllabus. These problems have recently been discussed in WES. Snippet
2014/03/19 President Kiir dismisses the Vice-Chancellors of seven public universities, and appoints some of them in different universities. John Akec is appointed VC of Juba University, with Pauline Riek and Alfred Sebkt Lokuju as deputies. Samson Wasara is the new VC of the University of Western Bahr el Ghazal in Wau, and Julia Aker Duany the new VC of the John Garang Memorial University in Bor. Snippet 1665
2014/03/18 Many teachers in Aweil East County (NBGS) have not been working for several days, because they are waiting at the county centre for the salary committee to arrive, and fear they will miss their salaries if they return to their distant schools. Snippet
2014/03 The results of Primary Certificate exams in CES show that 8,651 took the exams and 79 per cent passed. The pass rate was highest in Terekeka County (98 per cent) and Kajo-Keji County (91 per cent). Government schools performed slightly better than private schools: a fact the state education minister attributed to the fact that (government school) teachers did not go on strike. Snippet
2014/03/14 UNV claims that members of Women Vision, a CBO it has helped set up in Koch County, have successfully persuaded 60 girls to return to school after dropping out. Women Vision also reportedly promotes womens' peacebuilding activities and peacebuilding. Snippet 1618
2014/03 Girl school students are to receive a monthly payment of SSP 35 through the Ministry of Education, using money from UKAID. All schools will also receive a grant specially for girls' education. Snippet
2014/03/10 Basic (primary) school exam results for Warrap show a high pass rate but enormous gender gap. 2,573 boys pass (93% pass rate), but only 436 girls (85% pass rate). Snippet
2014/03 An attempt to tackle the problem of teacher absences is made in Tonj South County, where head teachers are asked to submit monthly reports. Snippet
2014/03 School teaching quality is getting worse in NBGS, due to low salaries and unreliable allowances, according to the state education minister. Snippet
2014/03 UNMISS is setting up human rights clubs in girls' schools in Aweil. Snippet 1562
2014/03/04 EES governor Lous Lobong calls for an investigation, and dismissals of underperforming principals and teachers, following poor exam results in the state. Snippet
2014/03/01 Students from Bahr el Ghazal University stage a demonstration because their hostels have been without water and electricity for three days. Police disperse the demo. Snippet
2014/02 Gudele East Primary School (Juba town) has registered 200 new students who have moved from Jonglei and Upper Nile as a result of conflict. Class size in some cases exceeds 180. Snippet
2014/02 A school has been set up for young inmates in Yambio central prison, with the help of UNMISS. Snippet
2014/02 Many jobs for teachers are left unfilled in Central Equatoria State. The director of education for Yei River County says this is why six out of 15 schools in Tore Payam are not operational. Snippet
2014/02 MATD (Minyori Agency for Transformation and Development) conducts a constitution review workshop in Tore Payam, Yei River County. Outcomes reported by Radio Easter focussed on participants' views of appropriate punishments for crimes, including dropping out of school. Snippet
2014/02 Four Lakes state officials are suspended, apparently on orders from caretaker governor Dhuol, after allegedly organizing teachers' demonstrations against the state's stoppage of civil servant allowances. The governor says the allowances are only for the military, but others say they are due for all civil servants. Snippet
2014/01 Over a hundred students from Lakes State studying in East Africa complain because the Lakes State governor has stopped the allowances which in many cases they depended on. Snippet 1408
2014/02/17 NBGS governor, Paul Malong, opens a private school in Aweil, the Paul Malong Foundation Academy, believed to be owned by himself. Snippet
2014/02 The top primary school in NBGS has only five textbooks for each subject, and lacks proper latrines, benches and blackboards. Snippet
2013/10/16 Lecturers at Juba University, JGUST and UBEG call off their strike after the NLC allocates SSP 8 million in the final reading of the national budget. Their allowances are to be reinstated as from October. Snippet
2013/10 Authorities in Malakal say schools in the town are overcrowded because of stranded returnees. Snippet 1361
2013/09 The ministry of education, UNESCO and Save the Children do not seem to be monitoring progress in illiteracy eradication. Their joint press release for World Literacy Day (8th September) quotes a literacy rate of 27% as 'current'. This is a figure given in the South Sudan Yearbook 2010 (p.48) on the basis of a survey in 2009. Snippet
2013/10 The South Sudan Human Rights Commission (SSHRC) does not support abolishing the death penalty at present, according to its chairperson, Lawrence Korbandy. A process of education and changing values is required first. SSHRC is planning to introduce human rights literature in schools. Snippet
2013/10/10 Girls performed slightly better than boys in the 2013 Sudan School Certificate examinations, according to results released by the education ministry. The figures also reportedly show that Warrap was the best performing state and Western Equatoria the worst performing state. Snippet
2013/10/08 The education minister says that the allowances of university lecturers (who are striking) cannot be reinstated until January 2014, because the government's oil revenues have not yet returned to pre-shut-down (January 2012) levels. Snippet
2013/10/08 The head of the SSWU (South Sudan Workers Union) calls on Juba University teaching staff to cancel their strike threat, following positive action by the government. Professors basic pay had been reduced from about USD 2,700 to USD 1,500, and pay of teaching assistants from USD 870 to USD 500. Their allowances are said to be in arrears of 14 months. President Kiir has ordered a reinstatement of allowances. Snippet
2013/10 The acting governor of Lakes State, Matur Chuot Dhuol, stops an inauguration ceremony for the officers of Lakes State University Students Union at the last minute. Snippet
2013/10 A threatened strike by lecturers at Juba University is addressed by the education minister (John Gai Yoh) going to President Kiir, who directs the finance ministry to review the allowance policy. Snippet
2013/02 Annual primary school fees at church schools in Juba can be SSP 450 - 710. Snippet 707
2013/02 The Catholic Church related agency Solidarity with South Sudan officially opened a teacher training college in Yambio. Its other existing projects include a teacher training college in Malakal, 'a number of in job training four-year programs, a nursing school in Wau, an farming site in Rimenze and pastoral training programmes in various dioceses'. (SCRN, 15 February 2013) Snippet 670
2012/09 Sep 2012: UNESCO pledges $500k for education, especially eradication of illiteracy Snippet 573
2012/09 Sep 2012: UN joins GOSS in announcing campaign against illiteracy (ST 7 Sep, Gurtong 8 Sep) Snippet 439
2012/08 SSLA passes the General Education Bill, which makes schooling free and compulsory, establishes English as the prime medium (Gurtong 15 Aug, ST 7 Sep) Snippet 438
2012/08 Unity becomes first state to switch to new SS school syllabus (ST 10 Aug) Snippet 437
2012 Analysis of secondary school exam results. Paan Luel Wël, 2012a Snippet 436
2012/10 Higher education is suffering from shortage of lecturers, as many were Sudanese who returned to the North. So universities like Rumbek are closed (The Niles 31 Oct) Snippet 427
2012/07 Higher Education Minister announces that RSS is joining Africa Virtual University, and that students will have to undergo two years compulsory national service. He is also trying to start a student loans system rather than providing free Higher Education. Snippet 426
2012/02 Feb 2012. Students riot at University of Bahr el Ghazal largely over the stopping of Arabic language as a medium of instruction (John A. Akec, 2012) Snippet 424
Reference Mini-review
Darren Bul, 2014/05/22. Bibliography item: Darren Bul (2014/05/22) "A Graduate of Jubocracy". (Article). PaanLuel Wël. [Article] PaanLuel Wël. Accessed online.

A nice little fable (probably true) about how young children get to see the government as intrinsically predatory.

Alex de Waal, 2014/04/27. Bibliography item: Alex de Waal (2014/04/27) "Can there be a Democratic Developmental Peace?". (Article). World Peace Foundation, Tufts University. [Article] World Peace Foundation, Tufts University. Accessed online.

Originally an address to African leaders at the Tana High Level Forum, this (sometimes provocative) article emphasizes the way states are financed after peace agreements. A 'rental peace' (based on sharing of state resources among factions and their leaders) is sustainable only while the national budget expands. It can marginally be improved by better ways of managing, regulating and using money. But a 'democratic developmental peace' is more like the one in Burundi, where there were many contending parties and talks became a kind of exercise in national civic education.

Gabriel Garang Atem Ayiik, 2014/02/24. Long Term Approach to Peaceful Coexistence of Tribes in South Sudan [Article] PaanLuel Wël. Accessed online.

Diagnoses South Sudan's problems as largely due to dominant objectives among classes of illiterate people and educated elites. The motivations of revenge and loot among the first, and pursuit of power among the second, often combine but can also conflict. The way to advance socially is to propagate education more strongly. This will create a middle class which can be a force for stability, at the same time as enhancing the human capital of the nation and creating a citizenry interested in democracy and public policies rather than factional struggle.

 

Jane Kani Edward, 2014/01/28. A Strategy for Achieving Gender Equality in South Sudan [Report] The Sudd Institute. Accessed online.

Useful overview of the special difficulties facing women and girls, and of current thinking about moving more toward gender equality in South Sudan.

John A. Akec, 2012/06/05. Private higher education in South Sudan: Lessons from Africa [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online.
Education Cluster, 2012. South Sudan Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies [Book] INEE (Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies). Accessed online.

These standards were put together by members of government, NGOs and the UN involved in education in South Sudan, following an international template. They have been endorsed by the education ministry.

GOSS, 2011. Education statistics for Southern Sudan 2010 [Report] Government of South Sudan. Accessed online.
Dominic Odwa Atari and others, 2009. Technical, vocational and entrepreneurial capacities in Southern Sudan [Report] Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada. Accessed online.
Mulana Deng Our corrupt elders and war in South Sudan [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

In a short opion piece, Mulana Deng argues that corruption represents exploitation of the young by elderly leaders. Investigations often come to nothing because of 'impunity of the elderly'. Corruption should be fought by encouraging youth to question corruption, through education in schools, and through the creation of 'a powerful college students' government'.

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