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									Minister proposes car loans for teachers

Written by Daniel Sebit
Wednesday, 13 July 2011

The South Sudan minister of education, Milli Hussein has proposed a number of incentives,
including car loans, to improve the working conditions of teachers in the world’s newest nation.

Milli Hussein said that his ministry has made a proposal to cabinet to give teachers better
training, allowances and loans to improve their morale.

“One of the incentives included in my proposal to cabinet concerning teachers is a grant for
loans which could be for either cars, land, houses or any other activities they may want to do,”
Milli said in his office yesterday.

The minister proposed better allowances for teachers generally, with the teachers in rural areas
getting a special allowance because of the hard conditions under which they work.

“Another proposal is satisfactory allowance for their basic needs. Teachers in rural areas shall
have extra allowances which I will call rural allowances to ease their living conditions,” he

Minister proposes car loans for teachers

Written by Daniel Sebit
Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Milli suggests that the morale of teachers should be right from college and that is why he has
proposed a bursary scheme for students in colleges of education and higher salary grades for
those who qualify from these institutions.

“Those students in the colleges of education should receive bursaries in order to receive
enrollment in the colleges of education. Another is giving higher (salary) grades to graduates
from the colleges of education,” Milli added.

The minister said that in case some teachers find the blanket system of giving higher grades
unfair, those who excel will be promoted to higher grades after two years in service.    

Milli argued that, “The problem with the education system in South Sudan is not the number of
schools, enrolment of students, performance and other issues but the inadequate number of
trained teachers to meet the demand of quality education.”

The new government of the Republic of South Sudan will therefore prioritize the training of
teachers to bridge the gap, the minister said.

The minister observed further that most of the teachers, especially in the lower level of
education, are Arabic oriented so they face difficulties in providing quality instructions to
students in English.

South Sudan adapted English as its official language in the new constitution that came into
effect on the day of the country’s independence on July 9, 2011.

"That is why, with the help of international NGOs, we came up with the programme of providing
intensive English language courses and teacher training in the University of Juba and Nairobi
University," he reiterated.

He said NGOs like Windle Trust with support from UN has been giving English training courses

Minister proposes car loans for teachers

Written by Daniel Sebit
Wednesday, 13 July 2011

to teachers during the interim period and will continue until all the Arabic based teachers are
equipped with good knowledge of English.

Milli said the ministry will also embark on capacity building by giving more advanced training to
education officials and managers from states to national level.

“The ministry agreed recently with UNESCO and UNICEF and other major donors to assist in
capacity building for the senior managers of education in the country,” he said.

He added that there may be need for bringing in foreign teachers from neighbouring countries,
but the budget may be a limiting factor.

“Until there is adequate number of trained teachers, there is need to recruit foreign teachers
though it may be quite difficult due to inadequate budget,” he stressed.

“But now that South Sudan is a sovereign state, we may get support of more teachers through
bi-lateral relationships with the neighbouring and other friendly countries,” he added.

Milli said another plan of tackling the teacher problem is by reviving the teacher training colleges
(TTCs) that existed before the war. He said colleges like Maridi TTC, Malakal TTC, and Mbili
Girls TTC need to be renovated and revived.

Milli argued that if only teachers were treated with respect there would be no shortage because
they would not leave the country for greener pastures.

“By the way, the (bad) way teachers are treated is the secret behind teachers’ migration to
greener pastures and the reasons why people lack the interest in joining teaching profession,”
he concluded.


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