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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 ....
2014/04/30 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
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 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
2014/03/18 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
2014/02 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
2014/02/17 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 Authorities in Malakal say schools in the town are overcrowded because of stranded returnees. Snippet 1361
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
2013/02 Annual primary school fees at church schools in Juba can be SSP 450 - 710. Snippet 707
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
Reference Mini-review
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.

Indicator values are shown in the table below alongside the year for which they were assessed. For further information, click on the source and 'details' text. Put the cursor over the indicator values to see selected comparisons.

Year Indicator Value Details
Gender parity ratio in secondary education attendance (proportion of females compared with males)
Stat 884
Gender parity ratio in primary education attendance (proportion of females compared with males)
Stat 883
Primary school net attendance rate (attending 6-13 year-olds as % of all 6-13 year-olds)
Stat 875
Primary school gross attendance rate (attending students as % of 6-13 year-olds)
Stat 874
Primary school gross enrolment (enrolled students as % of children in primary school age range)
Stat 826
Primary school gross enrolment (enrolled students as % of 6-13 year-olds)
Stat 825
Secondary school gross enrolment (students enrolled as % of 14-17 year-olds)
Stat 824
Secondary school net enrolment (% of 14-17 year-olds enrolled)
Stat 809
Primary school net enrolment (enrolled 6-13 year-olds as % of all 6-13 year-olds)
Stat 807
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