This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The minister made the remark while addressing students of Kuacjok National Secondary School at the welcoming occasion of 2014 Academic year intake in the state capital Kuacjok.
The minister accused students of being ‘political orators and operators.’ “Some of you are either political orators or operators and this should cease, prepare yourself first and the rest will come without your knowledge,” advised the minister.
He called on pupils and students to respect their teachers, warning that students who disobey school rules and regulations of their respective schools will be expelled and a letter be circulated so that no school offers them admission.
“These teachers whom you see here have come all the way from East Africa to help you. Respect them and follow school rules and regulations and they will mold you into very resourceful citizens of this nation,” Atem explained. “We must not condone students who walk from class to class on foot, of course, that explain why we have now days quantity education rather than quality one.”
Meanwhile, principal of the school, Mr. Mayen Mayen Jongkoor called on both state and national governments to increase number of teachers and assist the school with water pumps and benches for the students.
“We are badly in need of 14 additional teachers. We are now 19 staff including myself and my deputy teaching in 13 classes,” said Mayen, “We are also appealing to both national government and state government to help us with boreholes and benches.”
According to Mayen, the school is accommodating currently over 1700 students drawn four states of former Greater Bahr el Ghazal region. Founded by catholic missionaries as elementary school in 1940s, the school gradually became junior secondary school in 1978 and senior secondary school in 1980.s
Kuacjok Secondary School is one of the ten secondary schools of South Sudan promoted to National secondary schools by the Republic of South Sudan in 2011.