South Sudan Education Statistics

Key Facts & Figures

  • Basic education is free and compulsory in South Sudan (General Education Act 2012 )
  • Language of Instruction: English (General Education Act, 2012)
  • School Year: February - December
  • Adult Literacy is 27% (World Bank, 2012)
  • Literacy rates: 40% girls and 60% boys (World Bank, 2012)
  • Number of Schools: - Primary 3,639; Secondary 249 (SSSAMS)
  • 70% primary schools are government-owned
  • Primary schools education lasts eight years: P1 - P8
  • Secondary schools education lasts four years: S1-S4

Girls in Education in South Sudan Enrolment Rates:

  • 2013 Primary Enrolment: 1,311,467 pupils; 38.9% female (EMIS, 2013)
  • 2013 Secondary-level Enrolment: 46,567 students; 31.9% female (EMIS, 2013)

Gross Intake Ratio/Net Intake Ratio:

  • Primary overall GIR = 89.8%; female GIR = 75.8%.
  • Primary overall NIR = 13.8%; female NIR = 12.0%.
  • Secondary overall GIR = 11.7%; female GIR = 8.7%.
  • Secondary overall NIR = 1.2%; female NIR = 0.9%.

Gross Enrolment Ratio/Net Enrolment Ratio

  • Primary overall GER = 63.5%; female GER = 52.5%.
  • Primary overall NER = 42.9%; female NER = 37.1%.
  • Secondary overall GER = 5.9%; female GER = 3.8%
  • Secondary overall NER = 2.4%; female NER = 1.9%

Dropout Rates 2010 to 2011 - Primary Dropout Rates:

  • P1-P2 = 21.0%
  • P2-P3 = 15.9%
  • P3-P4 = 18.6%
  • P4-P5 = 31.9%
  • P5-P6 = 31.2%
  • P6-P7 = 29.3%
  • P7-P8 = 20.4%

2010 to 2011 Secondary Dropout Rate

  • S1-S2 = 0.5%
  • S2-S3 = 10.3%
  • S3-S4 = 63.7%.

Teachers

  • 13,261 Primary School Teachers. 1,842 Secondary School Teachers (World Bank, 2012)
  • 12% Female; 88% Male (MoGEI, 2011)
  • 47% Primary school teachers trained; 57% secondary school teachers trained
  • Pupil: teacher ratio is 50:1 in primary schools; 18:1 in secondary schools