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Center for Peace and Advocacy condemns the decision taken by Minister of General Education and Instruction

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South Sudan’s Minister of Gender Awut Deng Achuil (File/Supplied/Nyamiledia)

February 12, 2021 (Nyamilepedia) —  The Human Rights Organization,  Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) has  condemned the decision taken by the Minister of General Education and Instruction in the press release dated RSS/ MOGEI/J/04/02 in Juba.  His Excellency the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar Teny is in Juba as a partner for the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (A-RCRSS 2018).

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) therefore call upon the Revitalized Transitional  Government of National Unity (RGoNU) to advance with perseverance, exploring every possible solution, to ensure that all children in Primary eight (8), regardless of their tribe, colour and  location, are able to sits for their final exams as planned or as soon as possible.  CPA urges the Minister of General Education and Instruction to drop her decision and take the exams to those locations without delays for the benefits of all children in the country. 

The areas that missed out from taking the exams today are as follows:

  1. Nasir 95 Students
  2. Longuchuk 220 Students
  3. Akobo 61 Students
  4. Fangak 223 Students
  5. Nyirol 141 Students
  6. Ayod 109 Students

According to goal 4: quality education for all.  This is in line with the 17 sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, says we are all born free and equal. Why the Minister discriminates against some children who has nothing about the political atmosphere. All children in South Sudan have rights access to education. 

We at the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) are calling on the R-TGoNU, UNMISS, the Heads of Mission of the United Kingdom, United States, Norway, Canada, Sweden and the Head of the European Union Delegation to come up with durable solutions.

“It is important for me to underscore that in this year 2020/2021 examination cycle, a lot of strict security measures have been devised and put in place to curb malpractices in examinations and to ensure the security of the examinations, examinees, and examiners,” Awut said. “In the absence of both the police and security, nothing can guarantee the security and integrity of the examinations, and thus such areas shall be regarded as no-exams zones,” the education minister” said. 

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