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SSEC-Nation_Wide_Assessment_Report- 2018-10

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.

The data collected through this needs assessment further found that the education sector has been negatively impacted,  due to the food crisis in the country which has been exacerbated because of the lack of sufficient school feeding programs, in addition to the overall lack of adequate support from the authorities, inadequate teaching and learning materials, limited incentives due to the non-payment of teacher salaries, inadequate teacher training; and insufficient rehabilitation of school infrastructure. 

Education Cluster - South Sudan
Original Publication Date: 
10 Jan 2019
Document type: 
Assessment Report
South Sudan