CES tells public to report unusual fees charged by government schools
The Central Equatoria State Minister of Education, Cirisio Zachariah Lado, has called on the public to report any public school that charges high fees to students or pupils.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday during the commemoration of Education Day, the minister said there is a need to have fair terms in schools to allow equity in education.
He expressed the view that most of the parents whose children study in government schools are low-income earners, and hence, they cannot afford to pay more fees.
He added that education remains a right for every child in South Sudan and that any school that overcharges learners should be reported to the ministry of education.
“The person who finds schools that pay exorbitant fees for students should inform the ministry of education, and the [ministry] will apply penalties for those schools violating the Ministry’s decision,” Zachariah said.
He said the ministry is ready to act on such tip offs to make school principals pay for their greed.
However, the minister declined to state the recommended fees to be paid by learners in primary and secondary schools, respectively.
He said that the state government would work hard to ensure that teachers are paid in 2023 at the new salary rate of 100% increment.
“Teachers’ salaries will be increased by 100% in 2023, and the Ministry will provide additional funding.”
“Try to improve their conditions,” he said.
“We at the Ministry of Education want to issue this statement as a reminder to citizens of the importance of education in the country.”
He called on the citizens to know the importance of education and take all children to school.
“We at the Ministry of Education want to issue this statement as a reminder to the citizens about the importance of education in the country,” he said.
“We in education pay tribute to the importance of education because it paves the way for all initiatives,” he added.
According to UNESCO, the 24th of every January is considered Education Day to reflect on the importance of education.