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Upper Nile to lose over 200 Sudanese teachers by end of year


By Julius N. Uma

December 12, 2012 (JUBA) - Between 200 and 300 Sudanese primary and secondary school teachers in South Sudan’s Upper Nile could lose their job by the end of this year, should the state’s education, science and technology ministry implement a recent decision from the state’s council of ministers.

Jock Dei Deng, Upper Nile’s Education, Science and Technology minister, December 12, 2012 (ST)

The move, according to Jock Dei Deng, the state education minister, follows a resolution, in which government departments were instructed to terminate the services of all Sudanese nationals.

South Sudan separated from Sudan last year as part of a landmark peace deal, ending decades of civil war. The decision, Sudan Tribune has learned, was contained in a strongly worded circular issued by the state government in September this year.

“We shall try our level best to fill the gap created, [but] I don’t think we shall be able to get between 200 and 300 teacher to replace those terminated,” said Minister Deng told Sudan Tribune on a visit to Juba.

While acknowledging the national government’s decision, Deng said his ministry remains determined to achieve its mandate, in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on universal access to education.

“Our goal is to ensure that all individuals in the state have access to primary school education regardless of age, special needs and gender discrimination,” he emphasized.

In September, South Sudan officially launched a nationwide campaign seeking to reduce by 50%, illiteracy rates among its adult population by 2015. The campaign is part of its much-hyped education for all programme. Less the 30% of South Sudan’s population are able to read and write.

With nearly 500 primary and secondary schools, Upper Nile’s education ministry is the state government’s largest department, comprising of seven directorates and six education centers.

This year, primary school enrollment increased to over 208,000 compared to nearly 187,000 in 2010, while the numbers of primary schools also increased to 420, from 362 in 2010, according to the ministry.

South Sudan suffered over two decades of a bloody civil war, which destroyed most of the regions’s minimal pre-existing infrastructures, including schools, tertiary and technical institutions.

The new nation, according to its 2009 Household Survey report, has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, with only 27 percent of those aged 15 and above are said to be literate.

Deng, however, said the education ministry is determined to develop the basic education sector, capital investment, alternative education system, gender equity and access for all, basic teacher education and professional development and capacity building of headsmen in educational institutions.

Upper Nile, he said, was simply implementing a decision taken by the
national government in Juba aimed at giving more opportunities to South Sudanese. The Sudanese teachers who will have to leave their jobs by the New Year have not asked to leave South Sudan.

The minister says he will advocate that all the staff receive their full pensions.


  • In 2012, primary school enrollment increased to 208, 347 compared to 186,939 in 2010
  • The numbers of primary school building increased to 420 in 2012 compared to 362 that existed by the end of 2010
  • In 2012, at least 136,993 boys enrolled in primary schools compared to 103,898 girls
  • The Education ministry receives between 5-7% of the state budget, despite being the largest ministry in Upper Nile
  • A grade 14 teacher in Upper Nile receives a monthly pay of SSP 280 ($70) while a Grade 9 (college graduate) gets SSP 792 ($180).
  • South Sudan’s Education for All (EFA) Goal 4 is a 50% reduction in adult illiteracy by 2015, yet it remains one of the least funded.


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  • 13 December 2012 08:26, by Jalaby

    To Sudanese teachers in Upper Nile,
    Don’t worry this decision won’t impact you much but will impact the idiot the most, you work for free anyway because you didn’t receive your salaries for so long, those people do not appreciate the holy job of a teacher and his/her mission of building a nation!

    • 13 December 2012 08:33, by Jalaby

      Unlike others south states, Upper Nile & Bahr el Ghazal states are so associated to Sudan,socially, culturally and politically,Upper Nile in particular has the most high number of Muslims in the south!
      Let them bring Ugandan teachers to fill the gap, apart from being unable to teach in Arabic,I’m very sure that Ugandan teachers will never work for free even for one single month!

      • 13 December 2012 13:02, by Makunon

        Close your anus from making untimely sound, who can work for free and have family, you mean they were eating soil. We don’t need you Arabs with your mission of spreading islam in Africa. Our goals of go to school initiative and education for all will be achieve with non Arabs support.

        • 13 December 2012 16:39, by Northern Sudanese

          no wonder south sudanese are filling US prisons! anyway, education is about science, math , history ect and more subjects! you don’t have any teachers in south sudan. if you don’t need us its fine, we don’t need you! but 80% of your people can’t read or write!

  • 13 December 2012 08:27, by Ruach

    You increase Jock Dei Deang the teachers instead

  • 13 December 2012 08:34, by Northern Sudanese

    South Sudan is unable to pay salaries and it lacks doctors and teachers while 90% of its people live in poverty and 80% can’t read or write. These 300 sudanese teachers have been teaching them for free, they did it to help them, and then they kick them out? truly these people don’t deserve any help, let those 300 teachers come back home!

    • 13 December 2012 13:52, by Ruach

      North Terrorist:Those who were trained in Sudan gained nothing but only Arabic.You didn’t do anything as South Sudanese children were not allowed to go to best schools under Terrorist regime

      • 13 December 2012 16:32, by Northern Sudanese

        may i remind you that english is our second language + i have learned english from a ’’sudanese’’ teacher! are you mad? khartoum was full of schools special for south sudanese, even we had south sudanese in primary and secondary school. i still remember 4 who were in my secondary class! too bad that you will now even have less teachers so you will remain uneducated loool

    • 13 December 2012 14:10, by ngomrom

      I think the same has happened in the North southerners were happy to came back home withought any critism, now what is wrong when we said enough now go home if they were not paid any thing it was your own policy of spreading Islam which has fail thousands of student in this state. Now live us alone to start a true Education

      • 13 December 2012 16:36, by Northern Sudanese

        was there even any islamic teaches in southern states after NCP? anyway, education is not about Islam. its also about science, math , english , history and scores of subjects! but due to your stupidity, you are loosing more and more teachers while until today, 80% of your people can’t read or write. south sudanese only did shitty jobs in north sudan, barely any south sudanese teachers!

    • 13 December 2012 21:40, by nuer food lovers

      northern sudan and jalaby.northern sudan teachers re providing no services to south sudan but looking for money to quency thier starving children in khartoum.ur test in mathematic.
      Ur education is so filthy,south sudanese who were studing in sudan re now a problem to south sudan education.

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