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Schools warned of using Sudanese Education Curriculum

By Morris Dogga

No school is allowed to enroll students to study using Sudan School Certificate of Secondary Education, the Chairperson for the specialized Committee for Education, Research, Science and Technology in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly has warned.

Mohamed Ahmed Musa said in a press conference yesterday that the resolution came after they met the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Deng, Deng Hoc Yai and discussed with him issues pertaining to the usage of the Sudanese curriculum by some schools in South Sudan.

They also discussed matters related to the printing of South Sudan curriculum text books. Musa said according to section 12, sub-section (C) of the General Education Act 2012, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction was supposed to develop a unified secular curriculum for private and secondary schools in the country.

He said it was time for an independent country like South Sudan to stop using foreign curricula, adding that the ten years were enough for the Sudanese curriculum to be phased out. “No any state or school is allowed to enroll students on the foreign based curriculum,” Musa stressed.

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, it has been using the Sudanese, Ugandan, Kenyan and Ethiopian curricula.

Last year the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Mr. Hoc announced the phasing-out of all foreign curricula after the South Sudan National Examinations’ Council resolved that South Sudan must adopt its own curriculum.

However, Musa said they have been receiving a lot of complaints from some private schools that many students prefer to sit for the Sudan School Certificate of Secondary Education examinations than the South Sudan Certificate of Secondary Education.

He divulged that about 1,000 students are said to be seeking to sit for examinations under the Sudanese curriculum during this academic year. He stressed that any student who wants to sit for the Sudan School Certificate examinations, should consult with the Ministry of General Education for assistance.

For those who want to sit for the Sudanese curriculum, Mr. Musa stressed that there will be a centre set up in collaboration with the Sudanese embassy in Juba for those students to sit for the Sudan Examinations.

He said the examinations will be brought from the Sudan, but not prepared within South Sudan. The Legislators further said some private schools grumble that the books for South Sudan curriculum were not provided for them.

According Musa, the Ministry of General Education and Instruction told the committee after meeting with the minister that they had distributed the books to all the private schools in the country.

But Musa said they will investigate why still some students prefer to sit for the Sudan School Certificate Examinations for Secondary level instead of South Sudan School Certificate Examinations.

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