In the results announced by the Central Equatoria State Minister of Education Manasseh Lomole Waya, the state registered an improved performance of 5.5 percent.
“Out of the 2,933 candidates who sat for the Sudan Secondary School examinations 2,191 passed with a percentage of 74.7 percent. In these results the girls performed better in science subjects than the boys. The girls also outdid boys in commercial and technical subjects. But overall, the boys did better than the girls”, said Waya.
The best ten schools include St Comboni, Juba and St Marys Terekeka secondary schools.
Private schools recorded better results than public schools.
The best male student in the examinations is Francis Christo from Supiri Secondary School’s arts section who scored 87.4 percent while the best female student is Tesneem Issa El-Medeni from Rokon Secondary School’s science section who scored 83.6 percent.
“Following the improved performance, the State Governor has offered to reward each of the best five schools with 10,000 Sudanese Pounds as well as 5,000 Sudanese Pounds to the best female student”, said the Minister.
The Minister attributed the improved performance to stability in schools, better pay for the well-trained teachers, enhanced tuition and efficient management of schools.
“However things were not all fine during previous academic years where there were increased strikes especially in Juba town, hence interrupting the learning process. There were also serious delay in salaries, lack of learning materials and learning space as well as the involvement of school children in the motorcycle (boda-boda) business”, said Waya.
The Minister pledged to address all issues affecting the education sector in the state.
“The State Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will work hand in hand to enhance improved performance in our secondary schools and we hope to see an increasing trend in the performance of our students, especially in science in the coming years”, he said.