Education official refutes cheating allegations
Secretary General of National Examinations Council, Mr. Simon Nyok Deng during the press conference (Photo by Viola Matela):
By Viola Matela
The Secretary General of the National Examinations Council has refuted allegations of malpractices in the just concluded Primary Leaving Examinations.
“I can ascertain to the public that the exams were not leaked. There are those who tend to prey on innocent children by publishing question papers purportedly trying to suggest that these are the ones actually contained in the examination material,” Simon Nyok Deng, the Secretary General said on Monday.
He was briefing the media about the recently concluded Primary Leaving Examinations.
Mr Nyok however, said they had nabbed several fake examination papers but they had no links to the papers the students sat for.
He argued that examination malpractice was rather everywhere in the world where people tend to take advantage of the vulnerable people.
“We have many of them locked up even if it does not constitute the examination materials we presented. The fact that they are trying to create havoc endangers the integrity of teachers,” Nyok said.
He added that those who tried to sale bogus materials to candidates suggesting that they were materials in the examination papers yet they were not were dealt with according to the law.
“In Jubek State, we have a number of people and we are still tracing those teachers that sell them those question papers that are nowhere comparable to those of the National Examination Council. We will deal with them because that is not the practice of a teacher,” he warned.
“It is my honour to be able to make this announcement today (Monday) of the successful conduct of the Certificate of Primary Education Examination in the Republic of South Sudan,” he said.
He said that the release was made after consulting with different stakeholders across the country including security agents, education partners and all the state ministries of education.
The examinations started on November 26 up to November 30. At least 48,944 registered candidates including 18,004 females from 30 states plus Abeyi Administrative area sat for the examinations. But there were no pupils from two states of Fashoda and Maiwut due to security issues.
The candidates sat in 1,153 centres across the country. According to Mr. Nyok, in some places, some schools were combined into bigger centres depending on the facilities and capabilities of the schools.
Mr. Nyok went on to appreciate everyone that made these exercise a success saying;
“We have worked together as a concerted team of education partners including state ministers of Education with the guidance of governors who worked hard to ensure that these exams were fully protected-the exams themselves and the students did the exams successfully. I congratulate our teachers, invigilators and security agents who worked so hard to protect the integrity of these examinations.”
He later revealed that they were now looking forward to process the exams and be able to publish the results before the opening of the new school year so that candidates who emerged successful can join secondary school.
“We are already receiving scripts from the states after giving them a deadline of one week that is from 30th Nov- 7th of December to return the scripts which some states have already done,” Nyok added while urging all those who had not yet given theirs to do so within this week so that they could begin the process leading to results and publication.