About THE NATIONAL Ministry of General Education and Instruction
The National Ministry of General Education will:
- Plan education provision and set national standards for public and private schools;
- Organize and create directorates, departments, and units in conformity with the roles and functions in sub-section (i) above;
- Administer and manage the finances of the Ministry;
- Manage national planning and budgeting for general education;
- Develop the National Curriculum, publish and provide advice on teaching and learning materials;
- Develop policies and set national standards for teacher recruitment, management, training and deployment;
- Develop policies for and regulate educational assessment in schools and other General Education institutions;
- Develop and ensure implementation of the national common standards for inspection and maintenance of standards in schools;
- Make regulations for and inspect public and private schools;
- Coordinate education programmes with the State Ministries of Education;
- Delegate some roles and responsibilities to the State Ministries of education as it deems necessary;
- Appoint an Advisory Committee to assist in policymaking, planning, implementation or evaluation of educational programmes, if it deems it appropriate;
- Provide training for teachers of national secondary schools and national teacher training institutions, which are managed by the Ministry; and
- Conduct educational research to determine the quality of education system in South Sudan and use the findings of such a research for planning purposes; and
- Exercise any other function that may be assigned or delegated to it by Law.
The National Ministry of General Education will mobilize and use available resources to achieve its mandate as outlined above.
Mandate of General Education and Instruction
The Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan has been clearly spelt out that basic education must be free and compulsory to all children. It is, therefore, the mandate of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction to ensure translation enactment into actual deeds. MoGEI is also mandated to develop appropriate policies and strategies for guaranteeing this noble task and to ensure that other related roles such as the oversight and equity issues are dealt with properly. These tasks are to be delivered by the seven Directorates of the Ministry, one secretariat, two centers and a Teachers’ Development and Management Services and their respective departments through the stewardship of the Honourable Minister and Honourable Undersecretary.
The General Education sub-sector’s vision, which is based on The South Sudan Vision 2040, is as follows: “To build an educated and informed nation by providing quality education for all.”
The mission of the General Education Sector is “to provide equitable access to quality lifelong learning opportunities for all people of South Sudan.”
The Republic of South Sudan’s education system aims to transform each learner to become a good citizen, who is patriotic and proud of his or her rich culture and heritage; active participants in society for the good of themselves and others; committed to unity, democracy, human rights, gender equity, peace and reconciliation and ready to take their place as global citizens, proud of South Sudan’s role and position in the world. In other words, a good citizen is a “conscientised” human being. A “conscientised” citizen is a person who has “learnt to perceive social, political and economic contradictions and to take action against the oppressive elements of reality”.In addition, the education system aims to produce a successful life-long learner, who is literate, numerate and keen to learn; is able to learn independently and with others; is proficient in the key competencies and is committed to life-long learning. Moreover, the system aims to produce a creative, innovative, confident and productive individual, who is enterprising and a creative problem-solver; willing to exert the effort that is necessary to success; able to relate well to others, and understand others’ concerns and needs; and diligent, resilient and persistent in their attitude to work. Lastly, the education system aims to produce an environmentally-responsible member of the South Sudanese society as well as a global citizen, who is committed to sustainable forms of development; aware of the fragility of the environment, and the importance of environmental sustainability to life and prosperity; and appreciative of the need for everyone to work together to preserve the environment for the common good and for future generations.
In accordance with The General Education Act, 2012, the guiding principles of the National General Education Policy are as follows:
“The education system in the Republic of South Sudan shall be guided by the following principles:
- Primary education shall be free and accessible to all citizens in South Sudan without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and ethnicity, health status including HIV/AIDS, gender or disability;
- Education shall foster the development of South Sudan through integration, peace, self-reliance, patriotism, respect and tolerance for other cultures, traditions, religions, opinions and beliefs;
- Education shall promote gender equity throughout the primary, secondary and other institutions of learning;
- Education shall inculcate in the individual awareness and respect for life, human dignity in general and human rights in particular, especially the child rights;
- Education shall promote the reduction of illiteracy;
- English shall be the language of instructions in schools;
- All indigenous languages of South Sudan are National languages and shall be respected, developed and promoted;
- The government shall promote the development of sign language and brail system for the benefit of people with special needs;
- Religious education in schools shall be in accordance with the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of General Education;
- There shall be freedom of religious observance at schools;
- Education shall promote healthy living, community health awareness and environmental awareness; and
- To establish a globally accepted standard of education to promote skills and development.
These guiding principles will be reflected in and will inform the National Policy.
Strategic Goals of General Education
In accordance with The General Education Act, 2012, the strategic goals of the National General Education Policy are as follows:
“The education system in the Republic of South Sudan will be directed towards meeting the following goals:
- Eradicate illiteracy, improve employability of young people and adults and promote lifelong learning for all citizens;
- Provide equitable access to learning opportunities for all citizens to address inequalities in education provision;
- Achieve equity and promote gender equality and the advancement of the status of women;
- Contribute to holistic personal development of each learner and to the moral, social, cultural, political and economic development of the nation;
- Promote national unity and cohesion;
- Enhance the quality of education through a robust inspection programme to encourage a culture of innovation and continuous school improvement and effectiveness; and
- Develop and promote a general scientific approach in education.”
State Ministries of Education
The Ministry is made up of many directorates and departments. For more information on the employees click here.
Here is the Administration structure of the Ministry, General Education Sector: Organogram of The Ministry General Education Sector