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Over 3 million people get free primary education in south Sudan


By Ngor Arol Garang

May 19, 2010 (WUNROK) — Five years after the launched of Go to School initiative by president of the regional government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, authorities at the ministry of education, say at least over three million students across the region get free primary education under the Universal primary Education.

Professor Job Dhoruai, caretaker minister of education, science and technology, in report extended to Sudan Tribune said the latest headcount which shows a growing number of students joining every year, is rapidly encouraging

He said in 2006 when the programme started, only a figure recorded as 161,396 students were enrolled across the semi-autonomous region. The following year, 2007, 145,23 joined; another 160,11 got on in both 2008 and 2009, while 201,990 students joined this year.

Minister Dhoruai however added that about 29.2% of the students who joined primary eight in 2007 have dropped out. A report compiled after the headcount and which the education ministry is yet to release, says of the students who joined primary eight in 2007, only 117,518 made it to secondary school this academic year.

This implies 43,682 dropped out.

It is not clear if they joined schools not covered under the programme, he explained adding he believes some of them joined other schools outside the region. Records and information show that some wealthy families remove children from school in South Sudan and take them abroad mostly to Eastern African countries allegedly in search of quality education.

He also said some 43,885 students might have dropped out, mainly due to teenage pregnancies, hidden costs and poverty, while some just lost interest and quit.

About 9,410 students enrolled in business, technical and vocational institutions, he said adding 3,024 students who joined technical institutions in 2007, about 491 dropped out.

He further said government releases bursaries per year for those in private schools under government scholarship in different countries including East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia as well as those in Egypt, South Africa and beyond.

Officials from the regional government of southern during the launching of fifth anniversary of the Go to School initiative Juba last April noted that with the increased enrollment, the capitation grant needs to grow.

They said the ministry need more to raise the capitation which will also go into grading and supervising of both primary and secondary schools.

According to professor Job Dhoruai, headcounts in all school including privates in the region both primary and secondary schools are carried out annually to provide data which is used in the allocation of capitation grants. It also helps rule out ghost teachers, absenteeism, and drop-out and repetition rates.


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  • 20 May 2010 05:05, by doot

    Pretty ok, the intiative is very promisng and this how change look like. I have just one more message or challenge for the president kiir and minister of education, keep initiating more effective education program ,keep engaging the mainstream society through education revolution. Nothing can make actually senses in any society without shading light on education.

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  • 20 May 2010 11:48, by Amook Raan

    Good step, move a head in education in the south.

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    • 20 May 2010 16:28, by Takpiny

      Ministry of education has done really well for last five years is only the department southern Sudanese people should be proud of

      The number of students enrolled in the primary schools, secondary schools and institutions in academic years 2008-2009 is high enough despite of those who dropped out for their own personal problems and therefore they will not blame ministry of education later on for there diffecult future but to blame their own low ambitions in education.

      I hope the elect president Kiir Mayardit will keep the hard working people like professor Job Dhoruai Malou and other nationalistic people in their ministries to finish the good job they already started.

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