Female students in Yei River county of Central Equatoria state are calling on the government of South Sudan to avail scholarship for girls to further their education.
Today April 20, 2022 Senior four learners are sitting for their final South Sudan Secondary School Certificate Examinations and the girls who shared their views are not exceptional.
Speaking in an interview, one of the students Mbaya Charity said she wishes to become a laboratory technician in future but due to lack of tuition she may not achieve that dream.
Charity commends that lack of support hinder many girls like her from furthering their studies.
She calls on South Sudan government to avail scholarship to girls to help them accomplish their dreams.
“When one goes to school, he or she has ambitions to become someone better in future. I want to become medical personnel, but lack of support hinders many girls like me from achieving this goal. I have the plan to join university to study and become a laboratory technician but there is no one to support me. I call upon our government to support girls by availing scholarship program so that we can be able to achieve our dreams,” she lamented.
The student appealed to fellow girls to value education and continue with their studies despite the difficult situations confronting them.
She mentioned that lack of support by parents is a contributing factor to school dropout among girls and the high rate of early marriage.
“My advice to my fellow sisters is that, there is need to go to school because we are the future of this nation. If we drop out from school, without us who do you expect to take our positions if we are not educated. So, what I can tell the girls is that let us continue with studies. I know sometimes there are challenges at home that are forcing girls to drop out from school. Some parents do not provide basic needs to their daughters which as a result they end up opting for marriage so that their husband can provide for them,” she notes.
Another student Rose Keji also shared her plan of going for further studies after completion of senior four.
However, she regrets that her single mother may not be able to support her make this goal a reality since most of the time it is difficult to provide her with some of the basic needs.
“If I complete my senior four, I will go for further studies and after that I will attend more courses to upgrade the knowledge I got and later get some work to support myself and my vulnerable mother. The support that I need is that the government should provide basic needs and offer free education to girls to encourage them to join school because girls have many issues that need to be catered for,” Rose regrets.
Today, the bell was rang at Juba Technical Secondary school by the Vice President for Service Cluster Hussein Abdelbagi.
over 30,000 candidates in 340 Secondary schools countrywide are sitting for the 2021 South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education (SSCSE) has officially begun.
Currently in most parts of the country senior four candidates are sitting for their final examinations and Out of the 32,167 candidates, there are only 10,368 female and 21,799 male. In Yei River county only 171 girls are sitting for their final South Sudan Secondary School Certificate Examinations