Education Ministry calls on parents to prioritize girl child education

Cirisio Zecharia Lado, CES Minister of Education-Photo Bida Elly David

By Bida Elly David

The Central Equatoria State Ministry of Education has urged parents to prioritize girls’ education as their performance declined in the recent Certificate of Primary Education results.

This came following the poor results and performance of female learners in the recent declaration of the Certificate of primary education countrywide terming male candidates in the lead.

Recently, Central Equatoria State Ministry of Education announced that male learners have out-competed the female in the recent announced primary eight results leading with 91.3% of the passing average in distinction to 88.8% average of female candidates respectively.

In a press statement seen by No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, the Minister said that despite domination of the passing average by boys, a female happened to fly second to the top of the results nationwide emerging with the total marks of Four Hundred and Seventy Four (474).

According to the statement, Christian Religious Education and Social Studies dominated the best performed subjects in the Certificate of primary examinations while English was the low performed subject among all declining with the percentage of 60.4%.

“The results pointed out internally displaced schools being the top in the general performance of this year’s examination leading with the percentage of 98.7% of the results where 1.039 pupils sat and 1.026 passed with distinction followed by church schools which grabbed the percentage of 93.1 as the second lead counting 3.854 candidates who sat and 3.589 passed respectively accompanied by private schools which became the third lead with the number of 5.304 who sat and 4.927 passed respectively giving the average of 92.9. The schools that followed are Teachers’ Union with 671 total pupils and 590 pass, government with total of 3.047 candidates and 2.504 passing with 82.2% and the Accelerated  learning programs(ALP) with 823 candidates and 601 pass with 90.1 percent,” the statement reads.

In continuation, the result revealed out that the performance of the candidates in 2022 Certificate for Primary Education has decreased to 90.1% as compared to 90.8% obtained in the year 2021 by 0.7%.

“The general primary eight examination performances for this year in various primary schools of Central Equatoria Schools is improving compared to the previous years since a female took the lead emerging from private school,” the statement reads.

The state ministry of education has recommended much attention to be given to female learners to improve in the coming examination. The ministry also urged parents to prioritize learning for girls through counselling and guidance since performance of female learners has dropped and continued dropping simultaneously in the State and countrywide.

They encouraged girl child education as one of the elements to promote the rights of women towards learning through inclusive chances such as avoiding early marriage, domestic work and underrating them through norms and tradition of a particular group.  

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