By Bida Elly David
National Examination Council announced 2022–2023 Certificate of Secondary Education examination results, with Eastern Equatoria emerging as the top-performing state in the Country.
At least 1,887 of those who sat the exams in Eastern Equatoria State passed representing 74.8 percent; Central Equatoria State follows with 74.3 percent and Ruweng Administrative Area, in the last position.
Among 36,105 students sat for the examinations, about 23,300 were males and 12,805 females, from 398 academic schools.
Tako Martin, the acting minister of general education and instructions and chair of the examination council, said the CSE examination was conducted from March 20th to March 31st, this year.
In terms of performance comparison, the pass rate for this year’s examination is 95.3%, representing a 3.1% increase from that of 2021 with 92.2 per cent.
Based on the performance index by schools, Juba Diocesan Model Secondary School of Central Equatoria State takes the lead with 85.8% out of 134 candidates who all passed.
The results further showed Chemistry and Biology, were the best-performed subjects for the science section, while Commerce and Principles of Accounting were the best-performed arts subjects.
However, English Literature and Arabic were the worst-performed subjects, according to the results.
In the performance index for the overall best candidate, Peter Reng Bak Noon from Promise College Secondary School in Western Bahr-Al-Ghazal State emerged as the top candidate with 92.1%.
Darling Wisdom Academy Secondary School (B) took the lead in female performance matrix with two students, Amama Agnes Oswaha and Regina Lamanya Solomon, topping the science section.
Minister Tako said the results index projected private schools as dominant in the 2022–2023 certificates of secondary education examination compared to public schools.
Tako reiterated the need for public schools to invest many efforts toward performance by committing students to learning.
Based on the declared results, no public school has appeared on the competitive list of the best-performing schools.
The report did not segment the overall performance comparison between the male and female students.
The minister, however, warned citizens against the tendency of complaining over discrimination in state performance, noting that the marking of the papers was done without specification.
“You have seen a lot of top secondary schools from Central Equatoria State; this does not mean that all these best candidates are from this State,’’ Tako clarified.
He said that the schools are in Central Equatoria, but the candidates are South Sudanese.