More than 4,000 students to sit for national secondary examinations

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The South Sudan Secondary school examinations began on Monday, with more than 4,000 students expected to sit for the exams in seven states and the Abyei area.

The South Sudan Secondary school examinations began on Monday, with more than 4,000 students expected to sit for the exams in seven states and the Abyei area.

Speaking to media in Juba, the undersecretary in the ministry of Education Michael Lopuke said students in Upper Nile, Unity and Warrap states will not sit for the exams because the respective states education ministries have not adopted the South Sudan curriculum. He said that the examination exercise will end on the 15th of next month.

Meanwhile, only nine students will sit for the South Sudan secondary school examinations in Wau, Western Bahr El Ghazal. The students are all from Loyobo secondary school. This is the first time the candidates are sitting the secondary school exams under the South Sudan curriculum, because Western Barhr el Ghazal state has been using the Sudan curriculum.

The state Education minister Michael Madut says the entire syllabus was covered and they are looking forward to seeing a good performance among the students. He promised that his ministry was in the process of enrolling more teachers.

He added that the biggest challenge the education sector in the state was facing was lack of teachers. He says the ministry is now working to appoint 121 new teachers.

“We have found out that some schools have more teachers, some schools have less teachers and the reason was due to improper distribution of teachers. That is why now we are working on redistribution of teachers,” he said.

The current system where national examinations are carried out early in the year was adopted from the Sudan way of conducting education.

In Yei River County, thousands of candidates started sitting for the examinations with male candidates outnumbering females.

Speaking to TCT after the official opening, County acting education director Rev. Philip Taban said 1,427 candidates, including 1,054 males and 373 females, are sitting in eleven centres in the county.

The candidates are sitting the national curriculum for the first time, Rev. Taban said, adding that the county formerly used the Ugandan syllabus.

“It is the first year in Yei River County for candidates to sit the examinations, formerly we were using the Ugandan curriculum. But now we have faced out the foreign syllabus,” he said.

He attributed the few number of females in schools to drop outs, resulting from parental negligence, early marriages and pregnancies.

“They should not drop out in senior one or two. I encourage them to be committed so that they continue their education,” he said.

The acting education director urged candidates to desist from malpractices and use their own knowledge to face the exams.

The official opening was attended by mayor Santo Paul Lasuba at Yei Day Senior Secondary School.

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