Government re-opened schools ending lockdown

Students at Juba One Secondary with Vice president and Minister of General education during re-opening of school on Monday 3rd May 2021

South Sudan Minister of General Education and Instruction Hon. Awut Deng Acuil re-opened schools on Monday, ending children redundancy in the communities. 

Privates and public institutions include primary, secondary, and universities, were permitted to resume learning under COVID-19 restricted measures.

General education commanded children with disabilities, pregnant, girls and boys to go back to school. Parents were requested to follow the ministry instruction to allow children restart classes on Monday, May 3rd.

Teenagers girl’s early pregnancy saddened vice president for Service cluster Hussein Abdelbagi during the pandemic lockdown. 

He (Hussein) said, “the children are the future of the country. And the states’ government should work with national ministry of General Education to develop the education sector.”

UNICEF Country representative Hamida Lasseko appreciated the government commitment allowing access to education; while urging the ministry and parents to prioritize children.

“A lot happened to children when they were at home. Unfortunately, some of them were going through many difficulties and challenges, as we all know. And we know this has not been a short period; fourteen months of children being out of school are long. 

But, it is essential to mention that we need to take the lessons learned during this time. And to be more prepared to ensure that the safe return of school is sustained to take care of the school for these children.”

Education partners were alarmed by children who dropped out of schools, primarily teenagers who got marriages during lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ms. Hamida caution students to keenly observed health prevention measures in class.

Juba Day Secondary student Emmanuel Sola Andrea was so happy celebrating school re-opening after lifting the lockdown. 

“We lose some students who die during the time of the pandemic. We are sitting with him in the primary leaving examination. It is painful to us.” 

Female students in Juba Day Secondary Josephine Francis Badi believed schools re-opening would reduce risky pregnancy and early marriages among school girls.

South Sudan closed all schools in March 2020 as a COVID-19 prevention measure, and candidate classes were given the green light in October.

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