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Unity state education ministry adopts new South Sudan syllabus


August 10, 2012 (BENTIU) - Unity State’s general education ministry announced Thursday the introduction of a new curriculum for both primary and secondary schools, replacing the Sudanese syllabus followed before independence last year.

For the first year of South Sudan’s independence the country continued to use the Sudanese but has developed its own curriculum over the last year.

Unity State is the last state to change from the Sudanese syllabus to the new South Sudan syllabus.

William Ghar Bol, the deputy director of general education in Unity State, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday it is very important to adopt the new syllabus.

“This year the ministry of education came up with idea of changing the syllabus from old syllabus to the new syllabus, we begin the new syllabus" for school years 1-7. Students in the final year of secondary education, year 8, will be take the Sudanese exams this year as they had already started studying that syllabus. The South Sudanese curriculum will be introduced next year.

Authorities in Unity State confirm that teachers have already taught school children in various counties with the new syllabus at Primary and Secondary, which includes history of the Sudanese civil war which led to South Sudan’s independence. The language of instruction changes from Arabic to English.

The deputy director said “it is very important" for children in South Sudan to know the history of the young nation.

Bol said they will allow Students to continue to study in Arabic using the Sudanese syllabus until South Sudan comes up with its own alternative to stop the use of Arabic in schools.

Many South Sudanese speak Arabic better than English.

Schools years in Unity State used to open on 1 April along with the Sudanese system but schools years will now begin in February in South Sudan.

In Unity State’s authorities have banned the use of Arabic in public offices despite a majority of state ministers speaking Arabic fluently and having lower levels of English.

South Sudan’s transitional constitution, adopted at independence on 9 July 2011, states that English is the official language that could be used in government offices, ministries and embassies.

Yesterday the general secretary of Unity State announced on state run radio FM 99 that using Arabic would be stopped in all official settings. This has created a reaction among some citizens who believe the government has made the decision to quickly and will endanger Arabic speaking officials.


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  • 11 August 2012 06:41, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear Minister of education
    Bravo, this is only weapon to be use to change the mentality of these food lover elements.
    The rate of illiteracy in Nuer & Murle land is 98%, those who are still ARABS militia are from them.
    Fools who believes on nonsense

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    • 11 August 2012 11:23, by Mading Makuac

      Dinka language will replace Arabic .Dinka will be taught in all S.Sudanese schools so that Nuers and Equatorians should
      learn how read and write it.Later it will be allowed to be
      used in parliament together with English.

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    • 11 August 2012 11:30, by Mading Makuac

      The minister of education is supposed to start Dinka syllabus now together with new syllabus so that the rest won’t be
      left behind.

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    • 12 August 2012 10:55, by Ruach

      Education has been found as a new tool to shape your skills and knowledge on specific field.But in South Sudan,the curriculum is very poor as it is written through New Sudan Vision,the vision which led its owner into the hell.The stupid claims that 98% of Naath is illitrate is baseless like New Sudan Visions.Death to u Angelo

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  • 11 August 2012 07:03, by Madina Tonj

    I don’t think the learning Arabic language was the caused problems of civil war in Sudan, but policies yes, Southern Sudanese should learn anything to communicated with the rest of the world but does not mean that, we want to learn Islam again. There has to be a classes where by our kids will have to take 1 English language combines math, sciences,agriculture,history,P.S. 2 Arabic, 3 Local languag

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  • 11 August 2012 18:54, by Lasu lo Denis

    Bravo minister, you have come to your senses. some of our leaders have still the hang over of the jalaba systerms. it is time to let it go. I wonder what were our leaders thinking since 2005 until today that they are now thinking of adapting a south sudan curriculum. shame on those who still teach their children arab superiority in expense of the southern pride. it is time for our children to lear

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  • 11 August 2012 19:05, by panom lualbil

    For nuer’s ppl, going to school or not going to school is still the same shit. But not going to school is better for atleast they remain less tribalism and detractors but optmists. But going to school, oh, my God, they become like aggravated dog to foods in tribalism and greed appeal to serve themselves volunteerily before others.

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    • 12 August 2012 11:04, by Ruach

      Folks,what do u think could impact us from Konkoch?Of course,it can generate humiliations after humiliations.That stupid claim from panomlielbil is not true.Bor went to Refugee camps,but failed to go to Universities.The maximum education for Bor is primary 8 +fake degrees mostly from socail sciences and Humanities.Konkoch Panom lielbil

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      • 12 August 2012 21:39, by panom lualbil

        Yet we had achieved degrees 4 LIBERATING the country from ARABS and DEGREES for ruling it. While every selfclaim educator from NAATH ended up in death for rebelion shits caused 4 being greed appealed to paychecks. Ppl who think money in itself would worth livings, while money in bible is an evil nonvalue stuff. What did anyone from NAATH do in education 2 this country that others know than tribali

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