The SPLM-IO and the Ministry of General Education have finally settled controversy stuck-point, denying primary eight candidates in Upper Nile and Jonglei states who missed the national exam on February 8th to sit.
An ultimate compromise was reached after series of engagements from the Unity government include donors supporting the South Sudan education sector, pushing the Ministry of General Education to respect the child’s constitutional right in the Upper Nile region.
The office of First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar delivered a formal statement on Thursday, informing the public about the outcome resolutions with General Education’s ministry.
According to the press release signed by James Gatdet Dak, the last decision was made in the education cluster meeting. It is agreed children will site, and an examination is expected to occur in “19 centers” controlled by SPLM-IO.
Dak uttered Machar has “directed authorities in areas where the examination will take place to cooperate, provide security and protect invigilators who will take examination materials, include examinee.”
According to the letter circulated to the media house, the minister of General Education and Instruction Awut Deng confirmed RTGoNU’s decision to let pupils sit their national examinations.
Hon. Awut rescheduled the exam in two states. The exam in Upper Nile and Jonglei shall commence next week, Monday 15th, and ended on Friday 19th.
Ministry has started examination transportation to the locations on Friday 12th until February 14th.
“The National Examinations Council has decided to fix new dates to conduct primary eight exams for the pupils who had missed out on the initial examination, Deng reiterated. Congratulation to all my children and wish them the best of luck, Deng reiterated.”
Hon. Awut stopped taking standard examinations to SPLM-IO control areas last week, citing unclear insecurity threats, which some government dignitary officials rubbished in Unity government include international education partners.
Article 29 in the transitional constitution of South Sudan says education is for every citizen, and all government levels shall provide access to education without any discrimination regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.