JUBA — South Sudan Union of Private Schools is urging the government to reconsider the order of regulating private school fees to charge an amount not exceeding 80,000 South Sudanese Pounds.
A ministerial order issued Thursday by the Ministry of General Education banned all private schools from charging fees in U.S. Dollars and charging annual fees not exceeding 200,000 SSP for day and boarding schools.
Achier Manyuat John, Deputy Chairperson of South Sudan Union of Private Schools, said the order will compromise the delivery of quality of education in the country.
“If we look at the cost, the determinant of cost per each school, we are looking at the cost of labor, the cost of rent. You might find one school is paying 500 U.S dollar per month,” John told reporters in Juba on Friday during a press conference.
“We are looking at the cost of paying teachers, if you want to provide a quality service, you must consider the engine and here, a teacher is an engine in a school and if we are to go per circular, it is very sad,” he added.
Noble Arem Riak, Interim Security of Union of Private Schools, assured the public that the circular will not stop private schools from registering pupils and students.
“The registrations have been going on and even last week when they communicated that only schools that continue to register must be shut down. We could not stop. Registration is ongoing,” Arem said.
“Even on Monday, we will open our schools because those children are not our own children. They are children of South Sudan and we can’t stop operating. We will open and continue to engage the Ministry of General Education,” he added.