News / Africa

Flaws in South Sudan National School Exams

South Sudanese children sit for a high school exam in Aweil on March 20, 2013. The first ever national high school exams offered in the country have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly set questions. (VOA/Hou Akot Hou)South Sudanese children sit for a high school exam in Aweil on March 20, 2013. The first ever national high school exams offered in the country have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly set questions. (VOA/Hou Akot Hou)
x
South Sudanese children sit for a high school exam in Aweil on March 20, 2013. The first ever national high school exams offered in the country have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly set questions. (VOA/Hou Akot Hou)
South Sudanese children sit for a high school exam in Aweil on March 20, 2013. The first ever national high school exams offered in the country have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly set questions. (VOA/Hou Akot Hou)
TEXT SIZE - +
Simon KasmiroBonifacio Taban
South Sudan's first ever high school exams, which began this week, have been marred by a shortage of test papers and poorly written questions, officials and students say.

Josephine Keji, a student at Juba Commercial Secondary School, said many of the questions on the exam, which is required to gain a place at university, were not covered by the high school syllabus, and some exams were missing questions altogether.

“When the teacher saw the paper, he became annoyed and said, ‘Why? Why would you set a question like this for those kids? I did not teach them like that.’ And then he went, ‘Actually the paper is no good,’” she said.

Many of the 1,500 students sitting the exam in Unity state spent Monday morning waiting for their test papers to arrive. State officials said they had not received enough exams from Juba for all of the students.

Unity state Minister of Education Angelo Chol blamed the problems on the National Examinations Council, which is responsible for writing and delivering the tests.

“We have some challenges or some problems that faced us… since we started the examination, that is, the deployment of some papers of the examination up to now," he said.

The Secretary General of the Examination Council Rajaf Sederia Abdalla apologized for the test shortages, but reminded citizens that this was a new experience for South Sudan.

"There is some technical mistake concerning the packing of the papers in the envelopes, which was confused …We apologize for that mistake. It is the first time for us to do that," he said.

The exam period is due to continue for another two weeks, but one student's father, called for testing to be cancelled and new papers to be printed so that "if later on these people fail, let them fail because the exam is very hard for them, not because there was a mistake in it.”

You May Like

Multimedia Relatives of South Korean Ferry Victims Fire at Authorities

46 people are confirmed dead, but some 250 remain trapped inside sunken ferry More

War Legacy Haunts Vietnam, US Relations

$84 million project aims to clean up soil contaminated by Agent Orange More

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politicsi
X
Michael Eckels
April 19, 2014
There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Ukraine, Russia, United in Faith, Divided in Politics

There is a strong historical religious connection between Russia and Ukraine. But what role is religion playing in the current conflict? In the run-up to Easter, Michael Eckels in Moscow reports for VOA.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid