Exclusive interview with the Managing Director of Train up a Child Nursery and Primary School in Juba
By James Elia Waraka
In an exclusive interview with Mrs. Cicilia Dyanga Natanial, the Managing Director of Train up a Child Nursery and Primary School spoke vividly of the many challenges facing private schools investors in South Sudan.
Her institution is located in Gudele Block 9 along the road leading to Gudele two near the Nile Petroleum Station, on the first road leading to the South West.
Mrs. Dyanga says the school was established in 2015 with five teachers and 80 pupils. The school comprised of three nursery classrooms, a baby class, a middle-class and a top-class at the inception.
In the second year 2016, the school was extended up to primary three levels with six teachers and 158 pupils. From 2015 up to 2019, the school continued with its development to-date and it has reached basic primary eight with 680 pupils and 26teachers.
The school uses the South Sudan Curriculum, which is integrated with Ugandan teachers’ guidelines.
The objectives for the Train up a Child Nursery and Primary School is to reduce the cost and the pain of the fellow country men in depending on foreign education.
She says, “It further seeks to provide quality education for local students who have limited resources send their children abroad, this include South Sudanese citizens leaving in neighbouring countries like Uganda that is why I have decided to come to South Sudan to establish this school.”
Mrs. Dyanga also cites the issue of the land where the school sits. She appeals to the government to support and find possible solution the school’s land issue so that it provides better and quality of education.
She says some parents can’t fulfil their school fees obligations due to current economic situation in the country.
“Some of the parents don’t follow up their children’s performance with the teachers,” Mrs. Dyanga says.
The school provides lunch for the pupils which are budgeted as an extra amount on the tuition fees. This aims to retain the pupils within the school from 7:30am up to 4:00pm.
Amule Angelo Bosco, is a student of Juba University who doubles up as a Management Science teacher under the Department of Business Administration.
Amule says the school has He is one of the teachers who teaches Mathematics in both class P3, P.6 and P.8 besides Christian Religious Education(C.R.E) in primary three.
Since Amule joined the school in 2016, the school has been performing well in academics a situation he attributes to the closer working relations and cooperation between teachers and the pupils.
“We don’t have a problem with some of the pupils who recently joined this school, despite their different backgrounds, it is not an issue but as teachers, we are copping up with them to bring all of them on board,” Amule added.
The teacher appeals to the government to support private schools with school curriculum books, sports skits and equipment for a comprehensive curriculum implementation.
Amule reveals that this is the first year their school will present the first batch of candidates for the Basic Primary Eight Examination in South Sudan. He expresses optimism that the institution will excel in the examinations.
“We are going to be among the best 10 basic schools in the upcoming South Sudan Basic Primary Examination this year. I urge my fellow teachers to discourage any cases of cheating in the exams,” he says.
Miss. Nancy Adut Deng is a primary eight classes pupil who will be sitting the exams year, . She urges her fellow classmates to concentrate much on what their teachers’ instructions.
The author is a student at the University of Juba, College of Community Studies and Rural Development, Department of Communication and Public Relations.
He can be reached on Tel. 0922884497, Jameselia171@gmail.com