South Sudan schools may re-open in May
Ministry of General Education and Instruction delays reopening of schools for one month In an earlier announcement the ministry had said schools would reopen on 5th April 2021 but it now says schools may reopen in May without specifying a date
Addressing journalists on Wednesday during an event to mark the handover of 1.12 million textbooks from Save the Children organization expected to be distributed to more than 3,700 primary and Secondary Schools across South Sudan to enhance learning, the National Minister of General Education and Instruction Hon. Awut Deng Achuil said they have listened to advice from the ministry of health and that they are going to reopen schools in May this year upon clearance to do so to protect children, teachers and support staff in schools.
The Minister of General Education and Instruction says the ministry is waiting for a go-ahead from the ministry of health to reopen schools.
Hon. Awut Deng said the textbooks printed by the Rak Media will reduce the ratio of learners to books from 1:19 to 1:1 stressing that the country has the capacity to print more books to ensure that learning continues in the country.
Meanwhile the Country Director for Save the children organization Mrs. Rama Hansraj says the textbooks will play a vital role in the teaching and learning process that gives every child the very best possible opportunities for education in South Sudan.
On her part, the Second Secretary of the Canadian Embassy representing the donor’s committee Julia Likowska says the new ratio of one student for every text book is a great accomplishment that will help cover the lost time in the children’s education.