South Sudan Illiteracy Reduces To 73%, Minister Says

The Minister of Education of the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr. Milli Michael has said that illiteracy rate in the virtually independent State that’s soon to become independent has reduced to 73%.

South Sudan Illiteracy Reduces To 73%, Minister Says
H.E Milli Michael addressing the press at the Juba Grand hotel [©Gurtong]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 2nd May, 2011 [Gurtong]-The Minister of Education of the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr. Milli Michael has said that illiteracy rate in the virtually independent State that’s soon to become independent has reduced to 73%.

Based on the facts it carried through its Education Management System, EMS assessment late 2009 to find out the literacy rate in the region, South Sudanese have improved over the years especially in basic education.

The GOSS Minister was speaking in a two days workshop that ended yesterday in Juba Grand Hotel. He said that the percentage of the illiteracy level was reducing compared to when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA was signed.

The workshop organized by the GOSS Ministry of Education brought key education stakeholders together: the GOSS States’ Ministers, Director Generals at the different ministries of education and key local and international partners involved in addressing education issues in the region.

The workshop was held following an initiative launched in 2005, the Education Reconstruction Development Forum, ERDF. Dr Milli said that the program was launched following the signing of the six years peace deal.

ERDF aims to examine the challenges and developments in the education sector. It helps the stakeholders to reflect on the problems of education and devise good mechanisms to address the challenges. “We feel that the best way this nation can be natured is through education,” The education minister said.

Speaking to the press in an exclusive interview, the Minster said that; “we have a very big gender gap despite the efforts we have made in the last six years, we still find that the gap is lagging comparatively.”

The workshop is expected to devise mechanisms to address this challenge ahead of the South Sudan’s independency. He also said that, the workshop is expected to discuss on how to improve human resource.

Education officials are expected to devise ways on how Arabic language oriented teachers can be coached to learn English, as a means of media that the constitution is approving as an official language. It is also expected to capacity build untrained teachers.

The workshop is expected to examine challenges faced in the South Sudanese education curriculum. H.E Stephen Lemi, the Acting Minister of Education of Central Equatoria State, CES said that, almost three quarter of CES use East African curriculum at the lowest level of learning. This has been a challenge to the government in trying to have a unified system of education.

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05/06/2011, 9:34 AM
 - Posted by HD Afadier
There is no needs to unify curriculum or educational system in South Sudan. It could be another fertile ground for mistrusts of the system in Exams setting and delivery .Who is in charge of education ministry and who heads the examination board become almost indistinguishable in most African major examinations rationale.We had learnt that in East African states.

Since federalism is a major expectation of many literate individuals in South Sudan. Each state should be autonomous in regards to its educational curriculum and choose which to teach their kids with. While the GOSS education ministry to regulate and supervise the "educational practices" and give equal funding if any, to all states as mere support.

HD Afadier
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