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Cash to support girls’ education

By Kitab A Unango

The Ministry of General Education and Instructions has announced cash payment to more than 295, 000 school girls across the country.

They will start this week with each eligible girl from primary five to senior four receiving 4, 100 South Sudanese Pounds.

This is the second phase of Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Programme funded by the government of United Kingdom.

Cooperative Bank will implement the payment across the country to ensure high level of transparency and accountability.

The programme is aimed at encouraging enrollment, regular attendance and retention of girls in school.

Speaking to press on behalf of the Minister, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kuyok Abol Kuyok, warned teachers of diverting the money from its intended purpose.

“Cases of theft will not be tolerated,” Kuyok said. “We care very much about every incident, because every cash transfer taken from girl is a girl who has missed out on her rights.”

The team leader of Girls’ Education South Sudan, Akuja de Garang said the money will help the most marginalized girls in the country to buy school materials and other necessities that will help keep them in schools.

“We are proud to announce the start of the cash transfer process in accordance with the UK Department of International Development’s “leave no one behind” commitment. Cash transfers help some of the most marginalized girls to purchase education-enabling items,” Akuja said.

According to 2019 enrollment date from the South Sudan Attendance Monitoring System, educational outcomes for girls are significantly poorer than those of boys with girls making up 45.44 percent while in secondary schools, the percentage stands at 38.7.

Girls in the country face increased social and cultural pressure to drop out of school to enter employment or to get married.

Akuja said the situation has increased level of gender inequality in the country.

“These poor educational outcomes have a negative effect on South Sudan’s economy and increase levels of inequality,” she said.

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