JUBA – South Sudan pupils have begun taking their Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE) examinations across the country this morning.
Vice President for Service Delivery Custer, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, and Minister of General Education, Awut Deng Achuil, rung the bell to mark the start of Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE) at Mayo Primary School this morning in Juba.
About 53,220 candidates, among them 32,232 males and 21,988 females are sitting the exams in 1,565 centers across the country.
Abdelbagi urged the pupils to concentrate in their exams in order to obtain good results.
“I hope the eight years studies of the basic school; you are going to harvest it today. I want you to concentrate so that you can achieve good results of eight years,” Abdelbagi said during ceremony to mark to start of exams in Juba this morning.
“Today is an important day for you the pupils and for us because you are going to mark the end of primary and the next few months, you are going to join senior secondary school,” Abdelbagi added.
He wishes all the candidates success in their examinations.
“I want you not to be worried about this today because nothing new will be given to you, the same books you have being reviewing are the same books we are going to give you exams on it,” he said.
“I wish you success in your exams and wish you good results and next year I want to celebrate as you join senior secondary school,” he added.
Awut Deng Achuil, Minister of General Education urged the candidates to do well in exams.
I want to wish your well and that this is your time now to put in paper what you learnt for the last eight years and God is going to be with you to remember every single thing that you have been taught by your teachers,” Deng said.
Education in South Sudan has been affected by deadly COVID-19 pandemic leaving thousands of children dropped out from schools.
In addition to COVID-19, the African youngest nation has also been affected by floods that has displaced more 800,000 people and civil war which also faced millions to leave their homes and seek refuge in neighboring countries.