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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
2011 'The 2011 transitional constitution dubbed English as “the official working language” but added that “all indigenous languages of South Sudan are national languages and shall be respected, developed and promoted.” With an estimated 64 tribes speaking different languages, the question remains how these will be promoted and developed.' (Abraham Daljang Maker/The Niles, 8 February 2013) Snippet 637
Reference Mini-review
Zechariah Manyok Biar, 2014/05/18. Bibliography item: Zechariah Manyok Biar (2014/05/18) "How leaders contribute to tribalism in South Sudan". (Article). Sudan Tribune. [Article] Sudan Tribune. Accessed online.

This 1,000-word article contends that tribal conflicts are inflamed when political and military leaders surround themselves with bodyguards [and other staff] from their own tribe. In many South Sudan cultures, the author writes, the elders give orders to youth indirectly. For a leader in a modern state institution this has inappropriate political and legal consequences. The author recommends a legal ban on speech which belittles any ethnic group, or which suggests that one group is above the others. He also wants law to give a people freedom to live as a citizen in any state of South Sudan.

Daniel van Oudenaren, 2014/05/04. Bibliography item: Daniel van Oudenaren (2014/05/04) "Major language constraints on media reach in South Sudan". (Article). Radio Tamazuj. [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

The article explains why a large proportion of South Sudanese people lack effective access to national public information, and hence lack much voice in public affairs. The main factor discussed is the failure of radio media to broadcast in local languages. Blame is put on politicians who see media in terms of propaganda rather than factual reporting.

Ayom Wol Dhal, 2013. New vocabulary for new republic [Article] New Times. Accessed online.

A list of 20 new terms with explanations and accounts of their origins. Not only amusing but a source of clues about social and linguistic change in Juba.

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