Dominance of private schools should worry you, gov’t told

Dominance of private schools should worry you, gov’t told
Minister of General Education and Instruction Awut Deng Acuil (centre) inspects books at the Rak Media premises in Konyo Konyo, Juba, on Wednesday, February 10. [Sheilla Ponnie, City Review]

Ministry of Education and Instruction has been told to pull up its socks by improving standards of education in public schools.

Juba Day Senior Secondary School Headteacher George Kenyi, said the country risk losing trust in government schools if the trend persists.

“We see South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education (SSCSE) has been monopolised by private schools in the country and as a civil servant and as a government teacher, the primary role of the ministry of education is to improve the governments in the country,” he said.

“This will become a big challenge to the government because if we have very serious citizens who ask questions, then they will ask questions that children are supposed to be sent primarily to government schools,” he said.

Most rural areas do not have private schools, and this means that they must be entirely government-run but at the expense of quality.

“The government will be under pressure to make sure government educational system and integrity must be in place in terms of provisions of the necessary things that make a student in the government school learn something

He claimed that most private schools are run by a board of governance comprising the school’s founders and the Parent Teacher’s Association, who sponsor all activities in the private schools.

 “In government schools, they always rely on getting facilities from the government of which it is rarely seen that the government does not have the capacity to sponsor everything in the public schools,’’ he said.

The National Examinations Council announced the Secondary School examination results for 2021-2022 last weekend, with private schools in Jonglei State, dominating the top 10 students national wide.

The exams were taken by 32,437 students from 340 schools across the country. In comparison to the previous academic year 2020/2021, the number of candidates decreased by 5.9 per cent.