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National exams resume after 24 years in Jonglei State


By Philip Thon Aleu

March 31, 2009 (BOR TOWN) – One thousand four hundred and fifty (1450) students started Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education in various examinations centers Monday March 30th. 38 candidates at Bor Complex Secondary school are answering question in English language for the first time in 24 years.

This is the fourth national examinations Arabic learners are sitting in Jonglei State – the first being at the on-set the south-north Sudan peace in 2005. Jonglei State minister of Education, Science and Technology John Antipas Ayiei told the Sudan Tribune by phone on his way to Bor from Juba on Tuesday that examinations kick-off smoothly at remote centers including Ngu-Deng (Akobo), Pibor, Atar, Panjak and others.

Specific numbers of students doing examinations in English and Arabic languages could not be categorically scrutinized as efforts made to reach Director of Higher Education were futile.

The latest English language examinations were in 1985; two years after the uprising of Sudan’s two decades civil war which started on May 16, 1983 in Bor. 133 students are doing examinations in Bor Town at Malek and Bor Complex Secondary schools where women are still crippling with only 23 girls among the students. 3 girls are for English and 20 for Arabic languages – summing up to 17% (to 1 decimal place) of the candidates.

Jonglei Governor Kuol Manyang Juuk wished the candidates success while addressing a small crowd at Malek Secondary school here on Monday. The Governor was flanked by Commissioner of police Riak Akon whose officers are guiding the examinations centers.


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  • 1 April 2009 03:43, by Mimama

    I wish the Jonglei students success in their examination.
    It is a good news that our sudan system of examination is resuming as usual.
    The war had disrupted all the normal sudan curriculum style of teaching and it is worth hearing that the things are normal.
    The CPA indeed brought huge blessings of which what is now happening is part of peace dividend.
    Therefore, our people have to give peace a chance by abtaining from tribal acrimonies.
    Peace has alot of offer to every southsudan citizen when it is recognized by all.
    Actually things will not be the same again as said by our late leader DR Garang.
    The town is now coming to the people instead of the people to the towns.

    Hope the student pass though the situation is tough as is obvious.
    Iwish i was in sudan to learn arabic.


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    • 1 April 2009 09:31, by tayeb M. Alhassan

      Dear mama

      This is small fruit of peace and the big fruits are coming but they need time to get the taste and the good fresh smell.

      Stick to peace and keep on asking for your rights

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      • 1 April 2009 14:16, by Positive Hendrik

        I wish all the students a lot and a lot of success and I hope everybody will pass the exam. Looking to the future, I hope also you the young students of Sudan will continue with the next study. You have the future and you are the students who have the future of a peaceful Sudan in your hands.

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        • 2 April 2009 01:03, by Maruon Ayiei

          I appreciate that those student start to take the examination in Jonglei. But the most alarming about this examination is that, it is outdate and doctrined with theories that drove us to 22 years in war. I don’t expect that examination is the same with the one in Lake State. It will be doomed for our leaders or educator to accept such system in our state. I hope those students suceed despite the old theory and ideology.

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