By Bida Elly David
Over 60,000 Primary eight (P.8) Candidates across the Country have begun dotting pens on their first examination paper for the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) exams for their passage to secondary education.
According to the exact cumulative statistics, 60, 714 primary candidates are undertaking the CPE examination where 34,505 are males and 26,209 are female on five compulsory subjects.
The examination is subjected for five days upon completion and where the candidates will break for a long vacation as they wait for their secondary entry.
According to the Ministry of General Education and Instructions, the statistics of the candidates is believed to have been the greatest compared to years before.
Addressing the candidates at Malakia primary school in Juba during the ringing of the bell for start of the examination, the Vice President for Service Cluster Hussein Abdelbagi Akol warned the candidates against cheating saying that is punishable.
Abdelbagi commended teachers and parents for having played a greater role towards preparing the candidates for the examination.
He added that it is the duty of parents and teachers to prepare the children for the next leadership of the nation and development of the Country.
“You must not cheat anyway while taking your exams. I take this opportunity to thank parents whose children are sitting primary leaving examination today, (CPE) you have guided, and you have brought them to love education because you believe in the power of education. Please continue to support them until university level. I would like to thank the teachers for preparing these students,” he added.
Abdelbagi further called on the security personnel at all exams Centers to act as watch to make sure that cases concerning malpractices are mitigated.
He directed all center supervisors, invigilators and teachers to coordinate with the security personnel in case of uncertainties that may emerge in a due course of time.
The P.8 candidates started their final exams on Monday morning with Religious Education, followed by Science tomorrow February 14 and English Language on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the candidates will sit for Social Studies before concluding their exams with Mathematics on Friday.
The ministry formerly announced commencement of the new academic year as Monday 6 February and set to end it on Friday 22 December 2023.
The ministry earlier announced tentative break to lower primary as the primary eight shall undertake the Certificate of Primary Education examinations.
The Ministry urged private schools and state ministries of General Education to strictly adhere to the new academic calendar.
Despite pronouncement of the new academic year, experts still wonder why government has reverted the academic calendar.