Over 3,000 pupils sit for final exams in Eastern Equatoria State

Over 3,000 pupils sit for final exams in Eastern Equatoria State
Pupils lineup in Torit One Primary School during the ringing of bell in on Monday. [Theophilous Ochang, The City Review]

Around 3,952 candidates from the 55 primary schools in Eastern Equatoria State are writing their primary leaving examination.

The number of candidates sitting for the Certificate of Primary Examination has increased compared to the 2,980 who sat for last year’s exams.

Speaking during the start of the examination in Torit on Monday, the Director for Quality Assurance in the State, Lokulang Faustino, said 155 primary schools are sitting for the examination across the 47 examination sitting centres.

 “When we look at the statistics of the year, we prepared 3,952 candidates across Eastern Equatoria State. We have 1859 females and 2,903 males,” he said.

Lokulang added that the issue of the road infrastructure linking some areas remains a challenge.

He said exams that were taken to Lobone, Narus, Lafon and Chukudum last Friday just arrived on Sunday night in the areas due to the bad roads.

Clement Loboi, the Torit County Education Director, encouraged the candidates to work hard to help raise the standard of education in the state.

 “You should perform better because Eastern Equatoria is one of the states that normally proves to perform very well,” he said.

“You need not let us down together with your parents; make the parents feel happy about your performance.” 

Meanwhile, Eastern Equatoria state minister of education, Sammy Lopeyok, expressed happiness over the high number of candidates sitting this year.

He applauded the national ministry of education for harmonising programmes.

“This year, the national ministry under Awut’s leadership has at least put things right; our children across the country are sitting for this examination, which is a wonderful Job,” Lopeyok said.