Gov’t to spend $70mto print textbooks
Minister Deng Deng Hoc Yai speaking to Journalists
By Kidega Livingstone
The government through the ministry of General Education and Instruction will spend about$70 million for transportation and printing cost of national curriculum textbooks before the beginning of February next year.
The $70 million will be used for printing of more than 20 million textbooks for Early Childhood Education (ECE), primary schools and secondary schools in the country.
Speaking to Journalists yesterday, Minister of General Education and Instruction, Deng Deng Hoc Yaisaid the rise in the printing cost is due totransportfaresas they are expected to transport the textbooks from different countries.
“The budget of printing textbooks and transportation from where they have been printed to South Sudan and then transportation to the states and from the state capital to schools in the counties all these process will cost also additional money for transportation …so we are talking about not less than50 to 70 millionUS dollar,” said Deng.
He said China and Egypt are among the countries to print the textbooks as thegovernment has already made an agreement with them.
The Minister noted that this year the government and the publishers are still in the process of developing the national curriculum, which involves writing.
“This stage is about developing the textbooks it is basically about the writing, once they have written the second step will be to print and that will be a separate process,” said Deng.
According to him (Minister) South Sudan has got many publishingcompanies from East Africa, South Sudan, Saudi Arabia and many others, which are readily interested,in developing national curriculum textbooks.
He noted that the current textbooks for the old national curriculum still have relevantinformation that will be changed to a new nation curriculum because the government is trying to change the old curriculum to balance the curriculum.
However the development of the national curriculum has been successful due to support from the development partners and other United Nations agencies like UNICEF, UNESCO, the government of Japan, and the government of Egypt.
According to Kiya Masahiko, Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan his government will continue to support South Sudan education sector for quality education in the country. He said there is need to work hand in hand in order to achievedevelopment.
On the other hand, education manager for UNICEF,VinobaGavtam Tam said that development of the new curriculum will create positive impact in South Sudan because the majority of children will learn new things that will develop their capability in building the country.
The textbooks are supposed to take the four aims of national curriculum, which includes development of good citizens, development of livelonglearners, developmentof productive and active individual and development of environmentally responsible citizens.
According to the experts developing the new curriculum, they said teachers across the country were overwhelmingly positive about the syllabus and materials for both primary and secondary schools.
Other teachers have commented that the materials make group work easy because “the content of the books makes the learners to work together and set them a task to do as a group, they enjoyworking thisway”.