Schools told to reduce fees

Schools told to reduce fees
Charles Joseph Wani, Commissioner of Juba County. [File Photo]

Juba County has warned schools against charging exorbitant fees saying the practice is barring children from accessing education. 

Juba County Commissioner, Charles Joseph Wani, told government schools not to hike their charges.

This was agreed upon during deliberations by the Juba County Executive Council on the rates of school fees for the 2022–2023 academic year.

The meeting was attended by Payam directors and heads of departments on Tuesday.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Executive Director of Juba County, Bernard Alex Modi, said they resolved that the secretariat should make some amendments that would pave the way for deliberations and subsequent adoption.

Modi urged the taxpayers and the community to cooperate with the authorities of Juba County to ensure service delivery.

In 2021, the national ministry of general education and instruction issued an order regulating fees charged by private schools.

According to the country’s education ministry, schools were not supposed to charge more than SSP80, 000—about $615 from day students.

The directive also mandates boarding schools to charge no more than SSP200, 000 or $1,535 per year.

This came after the ministry learned that some schools were charging as much as $5,000 or more a year.

However, the private school owners rejected the order and threatened to shut down their schools.