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Education sector; budget higher in service clusters by 7.676 billion

Minister of General Education and Instructions, Deng Deng Hoc Yai speaking to Juba Monitor on the fate of 13,000 students on 17th April, 2018 (credit photo by Moses Gum Degur):

By Moses Gum Degur

Education sector top up other service clusters institutions as it receives higher budget in the fiscal year 2018/2019 with seven billion six hundred seven six million pounds (7676) SSP.

In a draft bill presented to the country’s lawmakers on Monday by Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, Minister of Finance and Planning detailed education sector to  gets 7676 SSP from government own resources.

The Minister Mabiordit said in his budget speech that the allocated budget will be use by the sector to provide state transfers to pay the salaries of teachers at state level, provide capitation grants for primary schools as well as supporting state and county education departments.

“I am particularly pleased to announce that we have increased resources for the basic education  as well as providing monitoring allocations  under the operating chapter, to help ensure that resources are spent and reached their destination”, said Garang Mabiordit.

According to the global partnership for education, South Sudan’s education sector remains critically under-resourced at 7% for 2013-2014, up from 6% of the annual budget in previous years. The government has committed to allocating 10% of its national budget to general education and 5% to tertiary education.

The education sector in South Sudan faces severe challenges including: High number of out-of-school children, low primary completion rate, which is even worse for marginalized groups like the girls and children in the rural areas, low adult literacy rate and scarce teaching and learning materials and inadequate school infrastructure, with a large number of open air classrooms.

The general education strategic plan covers early childhood, primary, and secondary education. South Sudan aims to move to a full sector plan to replace the GESP in 2017.

In the fiscal year for 2016/2017, education sector received one billion and four hundred million pounds (SSP1, 400m), and one billion eight hundred and sixty two million, two hundred and five thousand and fifteen (1,862,205,015) SSP in 2017/2018 financial year.

This has shown remarkable increase by 6 billion pounds in this year’s budget.

Amid crisis many schools have been deserted by teachers due to low pay of salaries that effects a chronically devalued currency.

The United Nations estimates that more than half of the country’s 1.8 million school-aged children are currently out of school. Huge numbers remain internally displaced in U.N. camps. Literacy rates are among the lowest in the world.

The government says an additional 6,000 schools need to be built, but this year allocated only 4 percent of the budget to education. Now, thousands of children who fled as refugees are starting to return to the country, increasing the burden on the system.

Earlier the South Sudan’s General Education Minister, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, said he wanted to transform the country’s fledgling education system to deliver high quality, equitable education for all, while also creating “good citizens” with employable skills.

“Learning can be a “powerful weapon” for achieving peace and security”, he said.

Education sector especially that of general education is heavily getting support from donor agencies to support girls’ education in the country.

 

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