School Enrolment Reaches 1.6 Million
School children in a parade in Juba (file photo):
By Moses Gum Degur
School enrolment for the 2018 academic year has reached 1.6 million countrywide, the Ministry of General Education and Instructions has revealed.
In a press statement yesterday, the undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education and Instructions Michael Lopuke Lotyam said that Aweil State tops the enrolment list with highest number of children recorded in schools for 2018 academic year.
According to Lopuke South Sudan School Attendance Monitoring System (SSSAMS), indicated that Aweil and Jubek states lead in enrolment while Fashoda, Maiwut and Lol closes the list with limited number of children attending school.
“As of 18th May, 2018, the enrolment stands at 1,598, 970 learners enrolled to schools. Of this number, 734,896 are females and 864,074 are males. This remarkable increase comes because schools opened earlier this year,” he said.
The undersecretary said according to SSSAMS, they have so far tracked 1.6 million learners as of June from 3,800 schools and that they are expecting the number to reach 1.7 million.
The undersecretary said there is a positive trend in female student enrolment as girls made up a proportion of 46% compared to 40% in 2014.
He said the major driving factor for this improvement was the Girls Education South Sudan (GESS) Cash Transfer, teachers’ incentives and other activities.
Lopuke said the enrolment of learners was low in some states due to insecurity and other war related factors.
He acknowledged that GESS continued support to deliver quality education to South Sudan children despite crisis.
According to GESS the Enrolment data is taken directly from the Pupil Attendance Registers (PAR) each year. The State anchors assist the state education boards to type in the details of the pupils for each class.
The South Sudan Schools’ Attendance Monitoring System is supported by the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, funded by UK AID.