State governments accused of misusing education funds
The national ministry of general education and instruction has accused some state governments of misusing education funds.
Dr. Kuyok Abol Kuyok, the undersecretary in the ministry, alleged that some state governments have been diverting education funds for other projects.
He said teachers have not been getting their money promptly because the state governments use the money in other things.
“All secondary schools are the responsibility of the state; what we do in Juba is only transfer funds to the states, and that is where we find the first problem,” he said.
Kuyok was speaking during a round table discussion organised by UNICEF under the theme “Invest in Teachers, Invest in the Future.”
He said the ministry had to change the manner in which the education funds are channelled to the states.
“At the moment, the money is not going to the state’s ministries of finance; the funds are channelled to the state ministries of education,” he said.
According to him, all primary schools are under the responsibility of the county authorities, and secondary schools are under the state governments.
“Teachers must be aware of their rights; they must know their rights. So, what we do is go to the states and tell the teachers, “Did you receive this money? And some said they did not,” Kuyok explained.
He lamented that the money given to the teachers could not meet their needs due to the current inflation.
“We have made noble strides in increasing the compensation and working conditions for our teachers in South Sudan. While we celebrate this progress, we are actually aware that our journey does not end here,” Kuyok stressed.
“It is through this focus that we can ensure every teacher is justly compensated for the invaluable services they provide.”
UNICEF chief of education, Wongani Taulo, said teaching is the greatest profession of all other professions.
He said education is the most highly demanded service and sector in the country.
“We all know that the future of South Sudan lies in the future of its children and young people. We want sustainable peace and sustainable development, and that is not going to happen if we don’t invest in the children and in the education system.”
She called for proper care for the teachers since they spend most of their time with children in the schools.
“It’s important that we really look critically at what is happening in the education sector today,” Wongani narrated.
In April, UNICEF South Sudan, in partnership with the Ministry of General Education and education partners, launched a campaign titled “Invest in Teachers, Invest in the Future,” aimed at addressing the challenges faced by teachers by improving their livelihoods and the overall quality of education for the future of children in South Sudan.