Parliament Passes General Education Bill

The South Sudan National Assembly hall during in session [Gurtong | File]

The report which came to pass in its fourth reading had undergone critical debate during the third reading with parliamentarians discussing how culture and corporal punishment being critical.

The general education system in South Sudan consists of formal and non-formal system. 
Pre-school primary and secondary education makes the formal education and the alternative, adult education and lifelong learning make the non-formal system.

Chairperson of the Education Committee Samson Ezekiel said the bill is aimed at eradicating illiteracy, improve employability of young people and adults and promote lifelong learning for all citizens in the country.

He added that it also aims at providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all citizens to redress the past inequalities in education provision and enhance the quality of education and encourage a culture of innovation and continuous school improvement and effectiveness.

More debates were witnessed on the issue of culture in which many parents in the country consider them as source of wealth and do not facilitate their education.  
Ezekiel told Gurtong exclusively that the bill states that all harmful cultures that impede girls from school are discouraged.

The Committee which is yet to come up with the final bill was also tasked to increase the national budget of the general education from 5 percent to either 10 or 15 percent.

It also provides the rights of learners to free and compulsory education and stipulates the responsibility of parents to enroll children to school.

The bill provides that the primary and secondary examinations will be coordinated between the national and state ministry of education to maintain high standard of learning. 
At least 70 percent of the South Sudan population is illiterate according to the Ministry of General Education.

The education sector faces several challenges including culture, inadequate resources and unclear education policy.

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