More than 53,000 pupils have on Monday started doing their primary leaving examinations across South Sudan.
The launch of the examination was graced by the Vice-President for Service Cluster Hussein Abdelbagi Akol.
Speaking to journalists at Mayo Girls Primary School Compound in Juba, Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi said it is a very significant day for them because they are going to mark the end of primary level, and in the next few months they are going to join high schools.
“I want you to concentrate such that you can achieve good results. Secondly, don’t worry about these examinations because the same books they used for teaching you, are the same books examinations are set from them. I wish you well in the examinations and next year, I want to see you in secondary school”, Vice President Hussein told candidates of Primary Eight yesterday at Mayo Girls Primary School Compound.
For her part, Awut Deng Achuil, the Minister of General Education and Instruction, advised all candidates during the launch of examinations not to panic but to demonstrate confidence and be focused.
“I want to wish you well. This is your time now to put on paper what you have learnt for the last eight years. So, remember everything that you have been taught by your teachers and remember that panic is not a good start. So, be firm, be strong and be confident and get in your exams,” Minister Deng advised the candidates.
Simon Nyok Deng, the Secretary-General for South Sudan’s National Examinations Council, said they have at least 1,565 centers across the country with 180 examination stations where exams are being kept, adding that they are thankful to the security apparatus that the exams are in safe and secure hands.
According to Nyok, they had issues in Abyei where a plane crashed while landing but he thankfully all the exam materials were safe and also the invigilators.
Nyok believes the security agents who were on board in the plane are all safe and that all the exam papers which were on that plane have reached their intended destinations.
The number of eligible candidates who are sitting for this year’s exams are 31,232 boys and 21,988 girls.