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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.

(ST)