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Rumbek students strike demanding to sit East African rather than Sudanese exams

By Manyang Mayom

June 17, 2011 (RUMBEK) - Fourth year students attending Rumbek Senior Secondary School boycotted their classes on Thursday claiming it was not clear whether they should study for the Sudanese Certificate examination in 2011.

With South Sudan due to become independent in July, the students who had been due to take their Sudan Certificate exams this year, were querying whether they should instead adopt the East African syllabus.

After the student boycott the Lakes state director general in the ministry of education Kongar Deng Kongar appeared at the school parade and encouraged students to return back into their classes. Deng assured crowd of students that he will follow up the case with the education ministry in Juba.

Deng said: “So your problem is already sent [to Juba] and we are waiting for the answer. Please go to your classes and resume your lectures, and be attentive, build your peace because you will not have education without peace. Go to your classes and I will follow the case.”

South Sudan will become the world’s 193rd country - according to UN membership - on July 9. As well as education there are many issues pending for the soon-to-be independent country.

As well as implementation of the rest of the peace deal with the North, South Sudan must decide on a new currency, whether or not to build a new capital city to replace Juba among other matters.

(ST)