Schools Warned Against Using Foreign Curricula

Private and public schools still teaching the Sudan School Certificate of Secondary Education have been warned to stop as it goes against the laws of South Sudan.

Schools Warned Against Using Foreign Curricula
School children doing exams in one of the schools. [Gurtong file photo]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 15 November 2017 [Gurtong]-
The Chairperson for the specialized Committee for Education, Research, Science and Technology in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly said on Tuesday that they have received complaints that over 1,000 students have registered for the Sudan school certificate examinations.

Since South Sudan gained independence in 2011, it has been using the Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia Educational curriculums. Last year the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Deng Deng Hoc Yai announced the phasing-out of all foreign education curricula after the South Sudan National Examination Council resolved that South Sudan adopts its own curriculum.

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

He said the Ministry of General Education will investigate why some students prefer to sit for exams of Sudan school certificate but not that of South Sudan.

Mohamed Ahmed Musa said after he met the Minister of General Education and Instruction, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, that they resolved that a Centre be established to allow the students sit for the examinations to be brought in by the Sudanese embassy.

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.

Musa said it is time for an independent country like South Sudan to stop using foreign curricula.

“No State or schools is allowed to enroll students on a foreign based curriculum,” he said.
 

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