Children Out Of Schools As Parents Cannot Afford School Fees In Juba

Parents in Juba suburbs are complaining that schools for their children have become too expensive for them to afford as most schools have raised their tuition fee this year due to the ongoing economic crisis in the country.

Children Out Of Schools As Parents Cannot Afford School Fees In Juba
Pupils attending school assembly at Buluk Basic School in Juba [Photo by Ariik Atekdit]

By Ariik Atekdit

JUBA, 18 February 2016 [Gurtong] -
Several parents Gurtong has contacted in Gudele and Munuki residential areas said that most of their children are not registered though the academic registration period has lapsed.

Parents say that what is required by the school administrators is more than what they earn even in two months’ salaries.

“We as parents are really very disappointed when we see our children not going to schools. I am psychologically disturbed not knowing what to do seeing my four children not registered and going to school in the morning like before. The school fees are ranging from SSP 4000 and above for each child. This is very difficult for a parent who earns less than SSP 1000,” said Deng.

Majority of the schools at Juba suburbs are private institution, which are highly paid.

Government schools are found within the town centre but with the increasing Juba population the few government schools cannot accommodate everyone.

“Our problem here is because there are not enough government schools in Gudele and Munuki areas. The few we have here are private ones. These are very expensive, the best we have here at our residential area is more by SSP 10, 000. Last year it was SSP 4000 per child. But nowadays things are being exaggerated,” Wani Laku said.

For those who used to take their children to study in the East African countries they are also in crisis.

With the exchange rate of the dollar against the pound increasing every day, Peter Chol thought that his 8 children can no longer be sent to Uganda for studies.

Since January Mr. Chol has been unable to register even one in Juba.

Chol said that the cost of living is increasing everyday making the daily expenses difficult.

Chol who works with his wife in the government says they have not received their salaries since the beginning of this year.

“The government has not paid us. We go to work but every day we wait as if the salaries for January would be paid out. The transport fares to the office have increased and we are losing more than we could get and now our children are not in school. This is a very bad situation to explain,” he added.

Some parents fear that their children will end up living a street life in the near future if the economic crisis in South Sudan does not improve.

“If this situation continues, it means the future is doomed for us and our children. These children will end up with street life because even nowadays some houses cannot afford one meal a day for the entire family. Families will break up and every child lives in street. This is what we are waiting to see happening,” Dudu said.

South Sudan’s economy depends solely on the oil revenue for over 90% of its income.

The country’s economic situation has been in crisis and deteriorating increasingly since the drop of the oil price in the international market.


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