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South Sudan: ‘No money’ to print exam papers

The Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) may be delayed due to financial constraints, South Sudan’s General Education minister has said.Speaking in Juba on Monday, Deng Deng Hoc said according to the set schedule, the exams were supposed to be held on the 5th to the 8th of December this year.

He said the examination board does not have enough money to print the papers and do other preparations for the examinations.

Mr. Deng was addressing members of parliament after he was summoned on Monday.

“We’re running behind the schedule and this means the exams cannot be administered from the 5th to the 8th of December,” Deng stated.

“Even if we get the money today, the consumables that include papers, cartridges for the printers and staples will not be deliverer to us from Uganda very quickly” he added.

The issue was raised by the Secretary of Examination, Lul Ruai, who is a member of the exam board.

He said they have used a balance of money from the previous budget but was not enough to cater for the preparations.

Ruai said his ministry placed a request for money to complete printing the exam papers but has not been responded to.

The ministry said the PLE may be rescheduled for January next year.

The ministry stopped short of revealing the amount required to print the exam papers.


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