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S. Sudanese pupils among top candidates in Uganda exams


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

January 31, 2013 (KAMPALA) - South Sudanese were among top performers in the 2012 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) results released by Uganda’s ministry of education and sports last week.

UNEB Chairman, Fagil Mandy (L) hands over the PLE result to Uganda’s education minister, Jessica Alupo (New Vision)

Majority of South Sudanese pupils, a survey carried out by Sudan Tribune showed, scored between aggregates 5-10; the much-desired grades that enables a candidate to join a good secondary school.

For a candidate to be in first grade, he or she must score between 4-12 aggregates in the four subjects examined, with aggregate 36 considered the worst.

More than 535,000 pupils, according to the country’s education ministry, registered for the national examinations, with at least 430,000 said to be eligible for secondary education. Overall, boys performed better than girls, although the results showed improved performances when compared to the previous year.

However, admission to secondary level is based on order of merit according to PLE results, or equivalents and the original order of choices made by the candidate.

Tap George, who scored aggregate 10 in last year’s examinations could hardly hide his joy upon receiving the results.

“My coming here [Uganda] was to have access to good education, since our country lacks proper syllabus of education. We came to hunt for better education in Uganda," said the 17-year old boy.

South Sudan, until last year relied on the Ugandan education syllabus for primary schools. However, its newly developed curriculum, education officials argue, will greatly enhance the quality of education in the new nation.

Daniel Ayeul, who scored aggregate 6 in PLE said he is determined to achieve his dream of becoming an engineer.

But while his counterparts celebrated success, John Puoy told Sudan Tribune he was disappointed with the result. The 16-years old pupil scored aggregate 20, a result he claims shuttered his ambition of becoming a medical doctor.

About 500 South Sudanese reportedly sat for last year primary exams, with almost half of them said to have attained grade one.


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  • 1 February 2013 07:38, by jwok

    Congratulation brothers and sisters we wish you the best
    Good Job
    South Sudanese pupils Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • 1 February 2013 08:12, by Bungachier 50

      Dear Boys and Girls,
      Congrats!....But don’t relax, the toughest academic war is still waiting for you ahead. Please, concentrate and do more than what you have done now. Most of your brothers/sisters have been doing so well in UG. only that Sudan Tribune was not there to cover the Evens. Hence, don’t be misled by your good performance. Aim higher!. God Bless You all.

  • 1 February 2013 08:12, by master

    there no relationship between education and the behave
    education means how to read . write. solve equation . run experiment and so on but the behavior something you can acquiring from parant and community
    south mean problem is behavious which can not solve in the schools
    try other things

    • 1 February 2013 09:39, by nuer food lovers

      masters,fake arab distance ur rotten ashole from our s.sudanese Affairs.what do u know about education?and behave?.uneducation person behave reckless like dirty pigs of northern sudan.funk u son of treason .

      • 1 February 2013 11:33, by master

        food lover
        still you are in camp although you have state !

        • 1 February 2013 11:57, by nuer food lovers

          master dirty pig.inever been in camp.rather i was a terrible fighter officer in SPLA.struggle. I kicked ur gays SAF soldier asshole away from Magwi,moli,Achwa,pageri,kit1&2,parajok,loboni,pagei until Aru junction,where i was order to going for reinforcement in rojo,then kubru 40.i butchered gays saf in thousand,unitl now iwill not talk to fake Arabs.

    • 2 February 2013 06:15, by aguotwany@live.com

      Congratulation the young girls & boys who have participated in the 2013 examination in our friendly nation Uganda. We are proud of your school performance and please keep continue to finish the next higher of education , someday there will scientists , lawyers economists and more educations fields in your future to come . Let us be proud of out history and you will keep our independence live ever

  • 1 February 2013 12:38, by goodman

    well done & congrats kids!you r the one who let me happy (baat ma jalaba amul leni waja gelibu!)multiply ur next hard work we all proud of you.

  • 1 February 2013 13:25, by Joseph Canada

    Mr. fake master Arab food lover, what you say is only true if it comes to the Islamic Teachings of nodding heads in the room with ASS Up like a roll Balling Beetle. Those are our new Generations of the Stealth Fighter Pilots coming soon. They will spend sometimes in Israel and US then in New site before they Build in Panthau and Abyei. Got that?

  • 1 February 2013 13:39, by Turism

    Congra.......to clevers pupils has won the exams with great average among the Ugandan pupils, but you need to keep it up pliz!

  • 1 February 2013 13:55, by siddaw

    Congrats boys & girls.
    U’ve done ur best although i’m hardly getting how exemplarily ve u performed due to that so called "agregate". I sternly believe that u’ll not sleep on ur dreams.
    Keep the fire burning as u join those pupils who’re celebrating their hard toil’s reward in Kenya’s KCPE.
    God bless u all.

  • 1 February 2013 14:41, by Makunon

    Are they children of thieves or how are they managed to pay their schools fees in Uganda? I don’t any body in the South here can manage to pay fees and feeding at home

  • 2 February 2013 01:02, by Jim K.

    Mr Master! you may be right in someways. lack of community and parental discipline is in fact matter. That is why there are a lot rubbish on this forums. Some are using names which does not make sense at all only to insult others.

  • 2 February 2013 01:13, by Jim K.

    Any way congratulations to our boys and girls who devoted their time and energy to change our world. My best wishes goes back to parents, sponsors, and caretakers for without their efforts these boys & girls could not make it.

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