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Schools run out of papers at the start of South Sudan exams


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

April 23, 2013 (BENTIU) - South Sudan’s Unity state ran out national examination papers for secondary school students on Monday officials from state Ministry of Education admitted on Tuesday.

Peter Par Nhial speaks to Sudan Tribune in Kalibalek Market about South Sudan’s education system, April 23, 2013 (ST)

In 2012 and later this year the world newest nation introduced new primary and secondary curricula but parents have blame examination council committees of creating misunderstanding as students have suffered from lack of papers and mistakes in the exams themselves.

Many of the 1,500 students who took the exams in Unity state were surprised to be told on Monday morning that they would have to wait half of the day in the exam hall until the exam papers arrived from the capital Juba.

Peter Par Nhial a parent whose child goes to school in Unity state told Sudan Tribune that students were angry that there were not enough exam papers for students. This is first time for students to sit exams under the new South Sudanese system after the Sudanese system was dropped after independence in 2011.

Nhial blamed the examiners and teachers for not ensuring there were enough papers and urged the authorities in to cancel the examinations to avoid confusion among students, as some students had taken the exam while some schools are still waiting to receive enough papers.

It was unfair for some students to fail because some the exams were confusing or had mistakes in them, he told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Angelo Chol, Unity State’s education minister talks to Sudan Tribune about the country’s examination problems, April 23, 2013 (ST)

Angelo Chol Dong Wei, minister of education in Unity state says the lack of papers was due to mistakes by the examination council committees in Juba and has resulted in the delay of the examination process.

“It is good that this year South Sudan has started his own examinations", he said, admitting that there were still "some challenges" and "problems" in the new system, with some centres still not receiving all the their papers.

Some schools in South Sudan particularly in Unity state report that overcrowding has resulted in some children taking to sitting under trees instead of learning in classrooms, which will become impractical once the rainy season begins in the nxt few weeks.

The minister said the authorities in the nine counties of Unity state were working hard to collaborate with communities to help build more schools but said that state-level ministries did not have a budget to construct new schools of classrooms.

“Actually we don’t have enough classes and we don’t have budget for construction as the ministry of education, state is expected also to have role in constructing schools but mostly we rely on communities so each community will have plan so that they will build their own schools in Payams [disctrict] or in their Boma [sub-district]. So our plan is to have a joint meeting with commissioners’ counties and education directors so that they will know that it is their role not entirely the role of ministry of education only”, said Chol.

The South Sudan examinations began on Monday and are due to last for three weeks.


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  • 24 April 2013 06:22, by Turism

    What happened? Does it mean that education general ministry did not aware of examinations or what? If they were told then why still students are lacking papers? Eg if students registered for examinations were 18, 045 then why not multiply by that number of students who registered, but for errors we shouldnot blame but papers are really challenging! TURISM

    • 24 April 2013 07:06, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Why always complain are coming within raiding cattles tribes,for the first of every things has problems,let us bear it like that.In unity some students sat for their S S examination under the tree,why? because communinty in this area mainly are participating in cattles raiding than building schools for their children.

    • 24 April 2013 07:27, by chuol

      General Education are not aware on how to run their own exams,
      How come some part of the country start the exams while others are not yet receive examination papers? they occupied the Ministry with Unqualified old men... let them confuse it is their time,Soon they will be out.

  • 24 April 2013 06:48, by Turism

    Maybe Ngudeng (Nyageets) children are fearing exams since there are alots of complaint being raised by them since the start of examinations, don’t fear guys this how all exams are across the nation.

  • 24 April 2013 06:51, by master

    what a country you run

    • 24 April 2013 07:52, by Turism

      Master, pliz take your big ass away from our affairs, why do you care though there is something! you are like a dog who used to follow people for fishing ( jong la meei)! fuck you. TURISM.

  • 24 April 2013 07:23, by Gatluak P

    why not complaining.’’ when what should delivered, has not been delivered.

  • 24 April 2013 07:35, by wang

    A country runs by thieves will always be running out for anything a public must needs
    Why not checking the examination papers one a month or more before exams time.

  • 24 April 2013 07:55, by Madingthith

    I can see now that South Sudan is taking its own examinations for the first time in her history therefore, we need not to rush and blame the general education system because the ministry is learning how to do exams and they will correct all the errors occurred when setting the exams.regarding the shortages of the papers is the mistake of MoE and have to correct that next time when setting the 2014

  • 24 April 2013 08:03, by Wen Majokweng

    unity state director general of education must be asked why he/she was not requsted paper be4 time and there may be something to be done on him/her such that nexts time others will perpared before time.

  • 24 April 2013 10:30, by LOJUBA

    OOH South Sudan, every one has excuse, WE STILL A NEW COUNTRY!!!!, this will never end , WE ARE THE ONE WHO FOUGHT!!! this also will never end, these are the statement of constructionist’s , God help this poor country with the poor leaders , only thinking of fucking and eating .

  • 24 April 2013 12:59, by Mohammed Ali 2

    The SPLA thieves had got the best education for their children in US,UK, Australia, South & East Africa from the stolen money.Why should they care about the poor,starving & marginalized SS students?The thieves don’t look at the innocent, decent, marginalized ordinary S.Sudanese as human beings.It is the SPLA theieves apartheid system, they deserve all the rights others don’t deserve even to live!

  • 24 April 2013 16:31, by steven

    Every segment of a state has to evolve slowly. Education is a very important segment and it needs to be improved regularly.

    • 25 April 2013 16:30, by De Bia

      hmmm...This is just another gud example of de high level of incompetency in our useless SPLA Gov’t. Wid dis kind of trend, SPLA is surely loosing credibility in de eyes of de even de most enthuasistic south sudanese....It is a shame

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