24 Oct 2020

 

Teachers’ Protests In Jonglei Are Not About EU Funds

"We wish to clarify that the European Union does not pay incentives for teachers from private schools and from secondary education schools."

The European Union acknowledges with concern the difficult working conditions of the teachers in South Sudan and in Jonglei in particular.

We follow closely the recent demonstrations staged by teachers in Jonglei. In the wish to correct information that appeared on the media in that respect, the European Union wants to clarify that those demonstrations are not related to EU funds to education projects.

We understand that the majority of the teachers demonstrating are from private schools and secondary education schools; the demonstrations address the severe challenges that they face, including financial ones.

We wish to clarify that the European Union does not pay incentives for teachers from private schools and from secondary education schools.

From 2017 to 2019, the European Union through its project "IMPACT" focused on incentives to teachers and administrative personnel in public, primary schools and in public, alternative learning programme centres. The latter payments have been disbursed, in cash, directly to intended beneficiaries. We are confident that our effort significantly contributed to the education sector and to the livelihood of the beneficiaries.

Notwithstanding, the EU recognise the vital role of all levels of education in South Sudan, including the work done by teachers in private schools and secondary schools. We call the institutions concerned to provide clarifications and strongly support a peaceful and just resolution of the controversy in the interest of all the actors in the education system: teachers, families, students.
 

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