Juba, 4th June 2018. The Ministry of General Education has announced that the number of children enrolled in schools this year is nearly 1.6 million in South Sudan compare to previous years.
The Undersecretary Michael Lopuke Lotyam told the press that the number of children in school increased because of the cash transfers to girls, payment of incentives to teachers with funding from UK and introduction of school feeding program.
Administrators of Juba Girls Secondary and Juba “one” Girls primary schools mention conflict and the current economic crisis in South Sudan as the major factors affecting children from going to school.
Juba One Girls Deputy Head teacher, Sosthenes Mabruk Timothy attributes the reason for low enrolment in his school due to the ongoing conflict and economic crises.
Another Deputy Teacher from Juba Boys Primary School, Clementaina Kiden Arkangelo says there is increase of learners in her school this year.
She says the slight increase from seven hundred and eighty seven to eight hundred and ten this year is because of the introduction of feeding at school by World Food Program.
One of the students in Juba Girls Secondary School says she faced it difficult this year to pay her school fees due to the economy crises. But she however appreciates the GESS program for paying her school fees.
There are over seven hundred thousand female and eight hundred thousand male learners enrolled in school across the country this year.