By Kitab Unango
South Sudan’s government has promised to improve working condition for teachers in order to deter them from quitting the profession for greener pastures.
Kuyok Abol Kuyok, Undersecretary of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction, said they are working hard to increase salaries of teachers.
He said they will also build the capacity of primary and secondary school teachers.
“Education is a right of every child and this is enshrined in the constitution,” Kuyok said during education round table discussions organized by UNICEF in Juba on Thursday.
Kuyok said that 2.8 million children are already out of school children due to combination of conflicts, floods, and early marriage.
The round table discussion brought together teachers, students, and education partners. The event was held under the theme “Invest in teachers, Invest in the future”.
UNICEF Deputy Country Representative, Jesper Moller underscored the importance of investing in education and promised to work alongside government to improve the wellbeing of teachers who nurture children holistically for a better future.
“Through our collective efforts, we aim to provide teachers with the necessary resources, training and support to empower them in their vital work and ultimately contribute to building a brighter future for the children of South Sudan,” Moller said.
South Sudan has one of the worst indicators on child rights violation.