South Sudan

Governor advocates for young girls education Law

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The Deputy Governor of Lakes States who also doubles as the State Minister of Education Daniel Ayual Makoi is advocating for young girls Education Bill.

Speaking to Radio Miraya on Wednesday from Rumbek ahead of the education state ministers meeting in Juba, Ayual said the bill if passed will protect many of the school girls from abuse such as early pregnancies and denial of education for a girl.

The state education ministry late last year dismissed three teachers and suspended four others for allegedly abusing schoolgirls in Rumbek.

At least 40 girls between the age of 15 and 17 pulled out of schools in Lakes state after getting pregnant last year.

Ayual says girls in his state face challenges of early marriages inflicted on them by parents, teachers and members of the community.

"It is a very big problem in most of our schools especially in Lakes State that many girls are being impregnated by teachers, colleagues or individuals from the communities."

"Off course we have to make laws that will be passed the South Sudan national legislative assembly in order to prevent such misbehaviors from teachers or others," Ayual suggested.

The age of consent in South Sudan is 18 years but in some communities some girls marry as soon they begin to experience their menstrual cycle.

Laws protecting girl-child education in the new nation are yet to be made.