The undersecretary in the Ministry Micheal Lopuke Lotyam told journalist in Juba at the Ministry Premise that the 2014 academic year time table for South Sudan Secondary School Examinations was deferred to January 2015 in order to allow better preparations and space for the printing of Secondary School Examinations Certificate based on Sudan Curriculum the Ministry released weeks ago.
Lopuke says the Examination will start on the 16 of January 2015 and ends on 5th of February 2015.
He tells reporters that the first date on Friday 16th January 2015 will be briefing of Candidates on the rules and regulations on the conduct of South Sudan Examinations for Secondary Exams where the actual test commences on Monday 19th.
‘’The number of Candidates that has registered according to the States and Abyei Administrative Area in 77 Centers are 4065. Abyei Administrative Area has one Center 20 candidates, Eastern Equatoria 20 Centers 808 candidates” Lopuke says ”Jonglei 3 centers with 67 candidates, Lakes State registered 214 candidates in 6 centers, Northern Bahr El Gazal recorded 158 candidates in Two Centers, Western Bahr El Gazal has 9 candidates in one center, Western Equatoria State 541 Candidates in 17 Examination Centers, Central Equatoria has 27 Exams Centers 2248 candidates”.
The ministry also says they have released the Index Numbers of the Candidates according to Schools ready for dispatch to their respective Centers.
Mr Lopuke appealed to the citizens in their various locations of residence to give education a chance despite the ongoing Crisis stressing that education cannot wait and children cannot postpone any minute for learning.
The undersecretary called on the citizens to support the exams process appealing to the international community or development partners and different levels of government intuitions to continue helping the government in conducting the exams and give peace a chance as well as an opportunity for the future leaders to realize their dreams in the country.
South Sudan is one of the worst or it is the lowest in terms of literacy he says it will be an achievement for not only individuals but to all the leaders under President Kirr and the people of South Sudan for the country to realize this big number joining the highest level of education.
Lopuke adds that though affected by conflict studies should not be allowed to be affected because it is what can solve the war attitude in the mind of the people in the country expressing his happiness for the neighboring countries that help educate the displace South Sudanese children residing in their countries.
These particular examinations we have not realized any candidates that are coming from the IDPs. All of them are regular students who are within their areas like for example we have Jonglei one of the affected States it has registered Candidates and the candidates are going to sit, he explained. The other Two States like Unity and Upper Nile states had no candidates. It is not because of the conflict, because they had not prepared the candidates for South Sudan Curriculum. So these are the two States plus Warrap State which are late in the implementation of South Sudan Syllabus. The Curriculum of South Sudan started its implementation in 2008 and one of the reasons that these States were slow in implementation of this program was due to language Barrier. Majority of the teachers in those states are of Arabic background and the South Sudan Syllabus are in English.
Lopuke reveals that they next year there is need to open more teachers training intuitions in the States that lag behind to help reduce the problem of language in the country.