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Unity: Leer county pupils top the state in primary school exams


May 26, 2013 (KAMPALA) – Pupils from Leer county made up the first seven positions in Unity’s state’s top 10 performers in the 2013 primary school examinations.

Mary John school in Leer county was also named as the top performing school state-wide.

The construction of the school was funded by South Sudanese singer Emanuel Jal after the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Jal served in South Sudan’s Red Army, comprised of child soldiers, during the decades-long north-South civil war, with many of his songs were inspired by his experiences.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune, Leer county educational director Jeremiah Gatnor confirmed that the county had topped the state in terms of pupils’ performance, largely due to the tireless efforts of both teachers and pupils.

He said most teachers had been provided with training by various organisations on lesson planning and classroom strategies.

Teachers in South Sudan receive about 200 South Sudanese pounds (less than $100) per month, with the low salaries forcing many to abandon their profession, leaving a significant education gap in schools.

In a bid to improve their financial situation, 40 teachers in Unity state last year submitted job applications to the United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to work as security personnel across nine counties.

A source in the state ministry of education, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Sudan Tribune that the UNMISS postings offered a salary double what teachers could expect to make in 18 months as a ministry employee.

He said that if government does not improve teacher salaries the South Sudanese education system will never progress for the welfare of ordinary citizens, adding that teachers were increasingly being forced to abandon their profession in favour of better paying positions to support their families.

Gatnor told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the “poor payments” made to teachers is driving a shortage of qualified teachers right across South Sudan’s 10 states.

Gatnor said there remained a need for the government to open a national training centre for both primary and secondary level teachers, particularly in Arabic language.

The county education director has also urged the government to restructure the payment scale of teachers in order to ensure a brighter future for South Sudanese children, saying “education is [the] key of life”.

Education standards in the country continue to remain poor eight years after the CPA was signed.

Many citizens claim that the trend of top government officials sending their children abroad for their studies is contributing to the deterioration of South Sudan’s education system.


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  • 27 May 2013 07:18, by John N

    Congratulation to all who passed their examination and specially the best ten in state particular in Leer County.
    but challenge are ahead

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    • 27 May 2013 08:36, by Mayom County Boy

      it is not only leer county who may get congratulation what about Mayom county who take number three to nine up to ten is also from best ten of basic examination in Unity state-Bentiu.to me I also give my thank to these two counties Leer and Mayom county for what they did this year .

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  • 27 May 2013 09:53, by Daniel Dak

    First and foremost, I congratulate Leer County Education Director and his teachers for their tireless effort during national basic examination which has brought a tangible results to Leer County at large. May you continue fostering the education to our children and remain motivating the teachers in order for Leer to remain a top tens scorers from position No 1 to position No 10 Enshalla.

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    • 27 May 2013 10:38, by julia

      let the Nuer learn so that their would be no nigatism in the nearest future.

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      • 27 May 2013 14:40, by Mayom County Boy

        What about you Dinka thokgany(monitor Lizard)you are not Nyagateenism ? it is seem more dinka are the one who are murdering people in juba like what mathok Geng did in juba now i do n.t know where dinka will stop if running was start from 2015 .i mean time of Election .No Dinka will consult me at that time

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      • 27 May 2013 20:49, by Gatnaath Dial

        @Julia, please learn to appreciate some people’s efforts and beside, Nuer are not as easy as you think. i would advice you to take a very good look and bservation once again inorder for you to clearly define who they are. however, i want to extend my votes of thanks to my fellow citizens of Leer County for the job well-done, Leer County Oyee.. Adok Oyee..

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    • 27 May 2013 14:30, by Mayom County Boy

      shit@Daniel Dak leer county is not from number one up to number ten what about other people who are living in other Eight county like Mayom county .mayom is from number three to Number Nine up to ten .you are really wrong by your word from one up to number ten .this is wrong Mr

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  • 27 May 2013 11:25, by J P Puok

    I wish I meet this cheap lady called julia so that she can be taught a lesson on her underneath such that she can behalf herself on a female way of live. Hope she is a lesbian judging on her comment or else she might be booted by a Nuer boy or sodomised to say the least.That lesson to her could be the cause of her daily out cry on topic that are not relevant for such idiotic ideas. shame on her

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  • 27 May 2013 13:53, by Nyonged jau

    Congratulation to all the top ten students who hails from both Leer and Mayom counties and who devoted their much time to hard readings. Please keep up my dear students to intensife your capacity building.

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    • 27 May 2013 14:23, by Randit

      Dear All,
      Thanks to Emmanuel Jal who provide that shade for the lovely children of our Nation. May God bless Emmanuel Jal and open his hand for him so that he can fund more school in South sudan in general.

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  • 27 May 2013 14:34, by Suleiman

    Congratulation to the top ten students in Leer and Mayom counties.
    Lastly, if som body know where Mattheu Mathiang is in Bentiw, let him give me his address, he was my class mate when we were in Juba University. He was in Physics Department and I was in Geography Department.

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  • 27 May 2013 14:46, by Adok Wolu

    congratulation to all Leer community for the wonderful job done by their son and daughters in the basic examination, wishing them a prosperous life in their future, and i urge those students to keep that up, given the fact that, a journey of thousand mile start by only one step.
    Adok Wolu

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  • 27 May 2013 14:55, by Adok Wolu

    To: Julia
    please stop citing obnoxious comments on this website, that is unprofessional conduct, given the that fact that, u are a lady who suppose to dance when hearing the results of children being promoted, why do u wan to break the wall simple because Nuer students took all best ten in Leer county,well i remind u Nuer will continue that way unless u are going to change the universe,Adok wol

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