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40 US Dollars for each primary school teacher

More than 16,000 teachers in 1,479 primary schools across the country will start receiving the first batch of the IMPACT teacher’s incentives this week, the Minister of General Education and Instructions announced yesterday.

Deng Deng Hoc Yai said in a press conference that the 40 dollar incentive per month given to primary teachers is meant to supplement their salaries.

In South Sudan, a primary school teacher gets a salary scale ranging from 1500ssp to 3500ssp depending on the grade.

Yai said the money is meant to enable teachers to continue teaching and schools to continue functioning.

He said the incentives can only be released to schools where there is sufficient assurance that the school is operational and that the teachers receiving the money are regular in the school.

“This money is for primary school teachers who are actually working, you will not be paid if you are not working. It is important that teachers attend school regularly and they teach their lessons,” Yai said.

He said the qualifying teachers are expected to receive their incentives once every two months for a period of 18 months from the date they become eligible.

Yai stressed that the programme will be supported by a strong accountability and mechanism to ensure only teachers who are working and regularly attending schools are paid.

Yai further said that this is just the beginning of the programme adding that IMPACT target is to reach 30,000 primary school teachers country wide.

He said the incentives are given to government schools excluding those at the protection of civilian sites because they are funded by the United Nations.

Yai said for the schools that do not have bank accounts within a reasonable reach, the project will arrange for funds to be delivered to their schools.

He urged schools that do not meet the requirements to push ahead so that they can receive the support.

The team leader of IMPACT, Klaas Atsma said schools that are receiving the money are in 21 states in the country but he did not mention states which had not been covered in the programme.

Atsma said the grant cost of the project is worth 20 million Euros adding that the money will be paid in South Sudanese pounds.

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