By Bonifacio Taban Kuich
April 14, 2011 (BENTIU) -Unity State authorities held a ceremony honouring the state’s top scorers in the 2010 primary school examinations. The state gave special recognition to a deaf student who
earned high scores. Unity state has the only school for deaf children in South Sudan.
- Pupils with ten top scores in basic primary school certificate receive bicycles as gifts from the state ministry of education in Unity state, March 13, 2011 (ST)
Hundreds of parents gathered at the state Ministry of Education in Unity state on Wednesday to celebrate the state’s best students. Those boys and girls who scored highest in last year’s examination received gifts and recognition. The state minister of education, Them Kuol Machar read out the breakdown of how the students performed in the examinations.
Machar said, “The number pupils who sat for Sudan basic primary school certificates has increased this year.” He explained that 1744 boys and 306 girls took the exam. Of these 182 boys and five girls failed the exam.115 students did not take the exam.
- State minister of education, Them Kuol Machar, with pupils during ceremony in Bentiu town March 13, 2011 (ST)
Far more boys attend school than girls in Benitu, in part due to local thinking that women are not fit for education, and that a girl’s only worth is in the cows paid for her hand in marriage. Governor Taban Deng Gai has criticised this mentality, urging parents to send their girls to school. He said an educated girl is worth far more to their families than an uneducated one. State officials speaking at the event praised teachers in the state for their role in educating the children.
State deputy governor William Dawut Riak also congratulated a deaf boy who earned 75% marks in the 2010 examinations. Riak encouraged the boy to continue his education in secondary school as an inspiration to all disabled people in Unity state.
Unity State has opened the first school for deaf children, in all of South Sudan. Over 300 boys and girls attend the school, which has more than 10 teachers. The state ministry of education promised to assist the special school with the necessary resources to teach the deaf children.