20 Apr 2019

 

Secondary School Certificate Examinations Begin Countrywide

Secondary School Certificate Examinations have started this morning all over the country with over 23,316 senior four candidates sitting in 218 centres.

Secondary School Certificate Examinations Begin Countrywide
Minister Deng Deng Hoc rings the bell to mark the start of the examinations [Photo|Ojwe Lumara]

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, January 14 2019 [Gurtong]-The examinations period will run for two weeks, according to the timetable.The examinations are being taken in 30 States and Abyei Administrative Area except two States which did not present any candidate for this year’s examinations.

Maiwut and Latjor States did not register any candidate due to insecurity, according to the Minister of General Education and Instructions, Deng Deng Hoc Yai.

The Minister together with other education officials from Jubek State rang the bell to mark the start of the examinations at Juba Commercial Secondary School, on Monday.

The candidates started the examinations with English Language in the morning and Fine Arts and Design in the afternoon.

At least 27 percent of the total number of candidates are girls, which “is a very good number,” says Minister Deng.

At least 916 candidates will write their examinations in Arabic language. “These are people who studied in Arabic, many of whom are returning from Sudan, I promised the Parliament that I would give them the same exams in Arabic,” Minister Deng said.

No candidate registered for Agriculture while only 166 candidates registered for technical sections and at least 175 registered for commercial sections.

Candidates in the UN Protection of Civilians site (PoCs) across the country would also do the examinations in Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and Akobo.

In Juba, the candidate from the PoC will write their exams in Buluk and Manateen Centres.

The secondary school exams which were originally scheduled for December 03, 2018 was pushed to January 14, 2019 due to delay in funds.

The minister said he was confident the examinations will go on without malpractice.

“I have put in place all the necessary safeguards. The invigilators are aware of the ground rules and they will administer the regulations.

We have national security personnel in every centre as well as CID and police to provide protection and to ensure that the environment is free and safe for examinations.

He said the examinations were printed under strict supervision of the security organs and distributed by the security organs.

“There is no fear that there will be malpractices. Off course human beings can go against the law and where that happens, we have legal provisions for punishment,” he said.
 

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