Education conference being held in Wau State at the Ministry of Education[Photo by James Dimo]
By James Deng Dimo
Wau, 08 February 2017 [Gurtong] – The conference is the first of its kind since 1980 after the State alarmed a decline in performance in secondary school exams last year leading the State to call for the conference.
The conference involves Wau State educationalist including South Sudan former Minister of General Education, Joseph Ukell Abang, Albert Dii Julu, South Sudan current Minister of General Education Deng Deng among others.
The conference is dedicated to champion fourteen points which are said to be challenges facing education in the State.
Among the fourteen points is the issue of girl child education, yearly student’s poor performance during exams, improving the standard of education of the students from primary school to secondary school levels as well as creating awareness to all the education stake holders to take whatever necessary to promote good quality of education in Wau State.
The Minister of General Education Deng Deng during his opening remarks said South Sudan education law has now adopted free education to both primary and secondary schools in government schools.
“We at the Ministry of General Education have adopted a system of free education programme to our students, this means that they will not be paying any fee except only the private schools and it will be less, any school that disobeys these regulations will face legal actions,” said Deng Deng.
Deng also appealed to all parents to send their children to school saying there is no limited time for education.
At the conference, Wau State Minister of Education, Gugaya Madut said establishment of child friendly schools with all the educational facilities like a well-equipped science laboratory and a well-stocked library with all subject books, would help to improve the quality of education in the State.
“Work for peace so that a conducive atmosphere is attained so that children in school learn and concentrate without fear by listening to the teacher with one ear and the other listening to the outside noises, for the sound of shootings, a deplorable situation learning in fear,” said Madut.
Madut added that the standard of performance of the students has been dropping every year leading to the State organising the conference.