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Rumbek National Secondary School reopens after 5 month closure


January 9, 2012 (RUMBEK) - South Sudan’s Lakes State has officially reopened the Rumbek National Senior Secondary School on Monday after a five month closure.

Rumbek National Secondary School students celebrating the reopening of the school after it was closed for 5 months. Jan. 9, 2012 (ST)

Speaking during the reopening ceremony, student representative Mangar Mayen Makoi said that the school still lacks a fence, learning spaces, latrines, and toilets. He also said the school needed more teachers, a laboratory and fuel to power the generator.

Makoi urged both the South Sudanese government in Juba and the Lakes state government to fulfill their obligations to enable the school to function properly.

Over seven out of ten people in South Sudan are illiterate; a legacy of the two-decade civil war that led to independence last year and chronic underinvestment.

The representative said that the dormitories the students lived in were "very poor".

Makoi said that political interference in education had caused students to strike in the past. He told the governor of Lakes State, who was present at the opening ceremony, that "the students are not troublemakers" but they did demand to have a proper education to give them the chance to find work.

Governor Chol Tong Mayay urged Rumbek National Secondary School students to distance themselves from politicians who came to school compound with unclear agendas to mislead the students in their future study.

He promised that his government would pay for the students with top ten grades to study at university. Mayay said that he hoped this would motivate the students to study and demonstrate that the government would reward hard work.

Abel Manyuon Jok the headmaster of Rumbek National Secondary School. Jan. 9, 2012 (ST)

Rumbek National secondary school headmaster, Abel Manyuon Jok, urged both state government and Lakes state ministry of education to exert more effort to increase the number of classes and protect the school compound from unauthorised people.

Jok said that more investment was needed to help the school in terms of infrastructure and teaching material.

The reopening of Rumbek National Secondary School was attended by Lakes State government officials, member of the armed forces and representatives from United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as well other UN agencies.

In August last year, students from Rumbek National Secondary School destroyed assets belonging to the Lakes State Ministry of Education in protest at the lack of teaching staff and classrooms. The rioting students accused South Sudanese government in Juba and Rumbek of ignoring education and not properly equipping the school.

Daniel Ayual Makoi, the Lakes State deputy governor, who is also the minister of education in Lakes State, said on Monday he had forgiven students who protested and destroyed ministry property.

“I have forgive you today from all your wrong act and I wish now onward we will begin new chapter of accountability”.


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  • 10 January 2012 07:46, by MR. BURDEN

    Shame on lakes state Government and particularly the Governor Mr. Mangui Tong Mayay who appointed his corrupt deputy Governer (hungry lion) instead of lion with eight legs, to such strong ministry of Education. Ayual doesn’t care of other student to study, coz he corrupted the money f4 the ministry & send his childern to Uganda. This government of animals i.e Mangui & Ajuong-kuolbet wil any time f

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    • 10 January 2012 07:54, by Apolloos

      Hay Mr. Burden
      Daniel Ayual is a Minister of Education at the State level whereas the Rumbek National Secondary School falls under the Minstry of Higher Education RoSS. You first need to learn the facts before inciting an abuse on the people and the Government.

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      • 10 January 2012 14:19, by Morthon Akol

        Apolloos, you are true people should know first whish is whish. the secondary schools fals under Higher Education. But the most significant change in person’s life is a change of attitude. Right attitude oroduce right action. So in our country many people hate any change that does’t jingle in their pocket.

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    • 10 January 2012 08:02, by Malou Luiny Joseph

      Dear citizens,
      Let us not be always negative even if people are announcing the birth of a new born baby. The reopening of the school is something that the governmnent should now be apppreciated for. The right time to call them what we want to call them is most of the time misssed. We need to say congratulations when the government deserves it. When shall we really tell what is worth telling?

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    • 10 January 2012 08:23, by NUER ONE


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      • 10 January 2012 16:12, by Matur Jonghok

        You are a fool who can not know the exact geographical locations of ethnic communities of S. Sudan. Rumbek does not match Jonglei, it is instead Lakes, but who is killing who like the case of Lou Nuer-Murle? You r completely backward and uncultured. Bloody idiot. No single conflict in Lakes since last year.Million tons of shame on You!

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  • 10 January 2012 07:56, by Martin Kat

    Please students of Rumbek secondary school gives government chance to think and work for your future. Don’t confused your government by destroyed school assets every year.Don’t hold the general challenges facing South Sudan schools to be your problem a lone in Rumbek. The school rules are apart from community rules. please don’t doing things in the manner that your community doing things.

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    • 10 January 2012 14:29, by Morthon Akol

      Comrade Martin, i appreciate your encourgement. student should not destroyed the school assets. i was in Rumbek secondary in 1982, but one day we did destroyed any assets.

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  • 10 January 2012 10:37, by Thomas Magot

    Thanks to Lakes State government for reopening Rumbek National Secondary School. I have to blame the former Headmaster Mr Malou Makoi for this 5 months missed, because the school would have functioned without logistical arrangements in place i.e school feeding as it was the main cause for delayment.
    On the other hand, I have to blame the students within that school who disregard South Sudan Exams

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  • 10 January 2012 19:11, by whatsayyou

    i really apreciated the reopening of Rumbek National secondary school. ian happy with that.And to those who start blaming the authorties this is not a right time for blaming them.they closed it and they reopen it what is ur complaince. and for sure even if it is called national secondary school, state has to supervise it closely.

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