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South Sudan to hire 20,000 Zimbabwean teachers: report


February 06, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s education minister, John Gai is in Zimbabwe to plans to hiring of hundreds of its teachers and nurses to work in the young nation.

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Lakes state teachers demonstrate on the streets to demand allowances, February 19, 2014 (ST)

The Zimbabwean Chronicle newspaper reported recently that Juba intends to hire 20,000 Zimbabwean graduates to work at internationally-paid rates equivalent to those given to United Nations staff.

South Sudanese officials also admitted they were in discussions to bring Zimbabweans.

"It is true that discussions are underway between The republic of South Sudan and Zimbabwe to bring technical experts particularly teachers and nurse," a ministry of education official, who preferred anonymity, told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

Arrangements, foreign affairs officials hinted, are already at advanced stages and could be finalised with the education minister’s visit to the Zimbabwean capital on Saturday.

South Sudan sent 200 students to various universities in Zimbabwe in 2015 on scholarships extended by Harare, though the terms of the scholarship remain opaque.

Several South Sudanese expressed anger over social media on plans to hire foreign nationals in a country where hundreds of thousands of unemployed graduates exist.

"If government hires 20,000 foreigners and brings here to juba, I will lead a strike," said one user.

But foreign affairs minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin defended the move hire foreigners in to South Sudan, saying the country still lacked qualified nurses and teachers.

"As you know, we [South Sudan] has one of the highest maternal mortality in the world," Marial told Zimbabwe’s Voice of America radio program, which was broadcast on Friday.

Minister Marial did not say how many Zimbabwean nationals are being hired to work in South Sudan. There are about 200 qualified nurse in the country and most hospitals lack electricity and running water, making health services among one of the world worse.

South Sudan has thousands of teachers, but most of them have quit teaching due to low pay.

A South Sudanese embassy official in Zimbabwe told Sudan Tribune the education minister and his Zimbabwean counterpart meet next week over transfering to Juba.

In July 2014, South Sudan and Zimbabwe agreed on a teaching exchange program, which education officials said, would largely benefit students in both countries.


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  • 7 February 2016 08:46, by dinkdong

    They will come and teach Mugabe’s dictatorship.

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    • 7 February 2016 19:46, by Force 1

      There are countless South Sudanese who completed primary, secondary and universities living in Kenya, Uganda and other countries around the world who actually don’t have jobs; shouldn’t they be the ones taking those jobs?

      It would be utterly irresponsible to hire foreigner other than you very own citizens who desperately need those jobs to make a living!

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      • 8 February 2016 02:50, by Kenyang

        Not a word to add, you said it all!

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  • 7 February 2016 09:34, by Gabriel KK

    Sound good but the number is too big for this struggling tiny nation. Our government should hired nurses and 1000 secondary school teachers only on short term contract.

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  • 7 February 2016 09:59, by denis

    Train and retain teachers here first. Try paying South Sudanese teachers. South Sudan has the smallest budget for Education of any country. The politicians are stupid, and they want the people to stay the same way.

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  • 7 February 2016 12:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That’s a great news for south Sudan people. We need more teachers and nurses. However, don’t neglect our teachers and nurses. They need jobs too. This is an excellent idea.

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    • 8 February 2016 13:05, by Dengda

      @ Dinka General, I believes you don’t have qualification that why you feel bring foreigners to these institutions is good idea. if you do have the qualification you should known that The problem of South Sudan special those institutions not about lack qualified personnel but low payment and of facilities in it. All teacher left for NGOs because low salary, nurses open their own pharmacy and clinc

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    • 8 February 2016 13:05, by Dengda

      @ Dinka General, I believes you don’t have qualification that why you feel bring foreigners to these institutions is good idea. if you do have the qualification you should known that The problem of South Sudan special those institutions not about lack qualified personnel but low payment and of facilities in it. All teacher left for NGOs because low salary, nurses open their own pharmacy and clinc

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    • 8 February 2016 13:15, by Dengda

      @ Dinka FG,I encourage you to continues talk your shits about the War between IO & IG, but not on this issue of national interest. I used to work for government but decided to quilted it and join private sector where my current salary double previous salary 10 times and double the teacher salary 20 times. because government don’t like those masters Bachelor degrees, because of fear and jealousy.

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  • 7 February 2016 14:23, by Hardlinner

    south Sudan does not need teachers but a pay raise to attract more south Sudanese teachers. we have thousands of graduates in south Sudan and overseas. all government need is to provide them with reasonable pay. it is understandable if government can hire additional nurses. 1000 dollar/month for secondary teachers will attract tenth of thousands of graduates S. Sudanese across the world.

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  • 8 February 2016 01:52, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    These are soldiers that masquerade as teachers coming to the country to prop up the regime of a despot like Mugabe.

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  • 8 February 2016 02:35, by Eyez

    That is just an insult on the countless S. Sudanese with degrees, diplomas or high school certificates. Because, apart from the economic impact that will see millions of dollars shipped to Zimbabwe annually in form of salaries, there is also the cultural norms to consider and ponder upon. Put your money where your mouth is, by building strong institutions and improving the standard of security...

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    • 8 February 2016 02:51, by Eyez

      ..and paying our own teachers and nurses better wages monthly, not merge peanuts every two or three months, while the elite pay themselves superficial ridiculous amounts, not to mention the billions siphoned into overseas bank accounts. JCE, Kiir and coharts have destroyed our nation due to their tribalism and corruption, there children will pay, they are all marked for destruction, sooner or late

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