The incumbent minister of General Education and Instruction Deng Deng Hoc Yai says the ministry is planning to hire teachers from Tanzania who will teach Kiswahili in South Sudan.
Swahili has been adopted as the official language for the East African Community (EAC), of which South Sudan is its latest member after it deposited the instruments of ratification on the Accession to the EAC Treaty last year. South Sudan joined the East African Community in April 2016.
“Since South Sudan is part os East Africa, there is a need to teach Kiswahili in the country for easy communication with other member states”, said the minister.
Last year, the South Sudanese government has called on Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to the country as it introduces the language in school curriculum ahead of its adoption as an official language.
The request was made by South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in 2017.
“We are about to sign a cooperation agreement with Tanzania that would mean recruiting teachers of Kiswahili from Tanzania”, he added.
South Sudan is using Juba Arabic as its national language, however, the ministry did not clarify if the introduction of Kiswahili would mean to abandon Arabic as a national language or not.