Don’t absorb failed students, Awut warns schools

Don’t absorb failed students, Awut warns schools

The National Minister of General Education and Instructions, Awut Deng Acuil, warned the directors of secondary schools not to register candidates who failed the primary eight examinations.

Speaking during the release of the Primary Examination Certificate on Wednesday, Awut said any pupil who failed or did not sit for the CPE should not be allowed to register for the senior one but be sent back to repeat the class.

“If you have failed, how do you go to secondary school? How are you admitted to secondary school? Why would the school accept someone who has failed?” she asked.

“As a parent, if your child failed, that is not the end of the road. You encourage your child to go back to school and have examinations again. It is for the future of the child, not for the parents,” Awut explained.

According to her, the schools encouraging such behaviours are not promoting quality education in the country.

She noted that education is a collective responsibility of both the government and the community to ensure that all children in South Sudan get the best education they require.

“Education is a collective responsibility from the family to the community to society and the nation as a whole. It’s not the responsibility of the government alone,” Awut stressed.

She highlighted that shortcuts in education will not help the nation develop.

The recently announced 2023 Primary Examination Certificate results show that 4, 344 candidates failed the examinations out of 68, 281 candidates who sat for the examination.

According to the results, there was a slight decrease of 93.6 per cent in the 2023 results compared to 94.3 per cent in 2022, which represented a 0.7 per cent decrease

It also showed that male candidates performed better than females, with 52.5 per cent compared to 41.2 per cent of candidates that passed the examination.