The objectives of the assessment were mainly to:
• provide education actors, humanitarian partners and donors with updated key indicators on the functioning of the education system so as to inform coordination and programming;
• support proposal development and advocacy documents to increase financing for the sector;
• enable prioritisation across geographic and thematic areas according to needs and risks;
• And provide recommendations on most effective activities to resume education in a safe and sustained way.
The methodology used was primary data collection whereby questionnaires were administered to two sets of respondents: head teachers in sampled primary schools across the nation; and County Education Directors in all the county education level and secondary data. Simple random sampling (randomization via excel sheet) was used to arrive at a sample of 400 schools
From the findings of the assessment, the study discovered that the major challenges plaguing South Sudan’s primary schools include:
• the non-functionality of schools at the national level due to insecurity;
• school closures;
• the interruption of education days during the school year;
• attacks on School;
• limited accessibility to the schools and remoteness; poor school infrastructure,
• limited availability of WASH facilities and soap in schools,
• Low enrolment and attendance rates; and high drop-out rates.