P8 Students in SPLM-IO-controlled areas to take their exams on Monday

Thousands of students who had missed out on recent Primary Eight Exams are expected to sit on Monday, February 15th, according to a statement issued by James Gatdet, Press Secretary in the Vice-President’s Office.

“The Office of the First Vice President would like to inform the public that the Primary 8 school examinations are expected to take place soon in about 19 centers in the areas controlled by the SPLM/SPLA (I0) in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.”

This comes following a high-level meeting convened on Thursday by the country’s Cluster Services.

“The Examiners will be accompanied by a delegation of officials from the Parties concerned, mainly the ITGONU and SPLM/SPLA (I0).”

The head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition, Dr. Riek Machar, urged the concerned authorities to cooperate with the examiners until the exams are over.

“His Excellency the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, as usual, has directed the authorities in the areas where the examinations will take place to cooperate and provide security and protection to all those who will be taking the examinations materials, as well as the Examinees. The Office wishes the Ministry of General Education and Instructions a great success in ensuring that all children in the Republic of South Sudan do the exams.”

In the same development, the Minister Education, Awut Deng Acuil confirmed that the scheduled exams are slated to take place on Monday, February 15th and wished all the students the best of luck.

“Members of the press, Ladies and gentlemen, It is my pleasure to inform the nation that the Ministry of General Education and Instruction and the National Examinations Council have decided to fix new dates for the conduct of Primary eight examinations for the pupils that had missed out on the initial examination.”

“The new dates shall be as follow 1. Transportation to the locations will take place from Friday 12h through Sunday 14th February 2021. 2.”

“The administration of examination begins on Monday 15th February 2021 and ends by Friday 19h February 2021. Congratulation to my children and I wish them the best of luck! Thank you.”

South Sudan Herald ranked among the 10 most popular sites in South Sudan

A Washington-based web traffic analysis company, Alex Internet has released a web study for 2021, ranking The South Sudan Herald among the top ten most visited and popular websites in the country.

The analysis report ranked South Sudan NGO Forum as the first most visited site in 2021, followed by Sudan Tribune, Sudans Post, Radio Tamazuj, and Eye Radio.

In the same ranking, The South Sudan Herald became number 7 on the list, overtaking Gurtong Trust, Hot in Juba and Panluel Wel despite being less than a year since its inception.

“This is a huge achievement. We have made great strides in our endeavor and commitment to becoming the most popular, reliable and accurate news source in South Sudan,” said Buay Kapduel, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Thessherald.

The South Sudan Herald is 11 Months and 4 weeks old since its inception, and has a global traffic rank of 938,002 in the world.

Education Minister Awut faces backlash after banning exams in rebel-held areas

Minister of Education Awut Deng Acuil bans national exams in opposition-held areas |Photo : File

The Minister of General Education and Instruction, Awut Deng Acuil is facing a public backlash after issuing an unprecedented statement banning students studying in opposition-held areas from participating in the upcoming national exams.

“She (Hon. Awut Deng) will be known in history as Minister of General Education who worked intensively to destroy the future of the Nuer and Shilluk people. Within the current context of the peace agreement She has demonstrated that there is no peace being implemented in the country. Being entrusted with such a big ministry, the reason is to provide equal services/opportunities to all the children in the country,” said Gabriel Gatluak, a member of the opposition.

“Under the Ministry of General Education policy, it’s stated that ever child has a right to education despite being foreigner or native. Culturally, we have been singing women have good hearts and sympathy for the nation, where is this woman coming from! Is she really from Jieng community?,” he added.

On Thursday, Awut banned all areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (IO) from taking national exams.

“Members of the press, Ladies and gentlemen — It is my pleasure to inform the nation that all necessary arrangements have been made for timely commencement of the 2020 Certificate of Primary Education examinations on Monday 8th February 2021,” said Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction.

“However, it is important for me to underscore that in this year 2020/2021 examination cycle, a lot of stringent security measures have been devised and put in place to curb malpractices in examinations and to ensure security of the Examinations, Examinees and Examiners.”

“Central in these measures is that any certificate examination that is conducted by the South Sudan National Examinations Council MUST be protected and guarded by both the South Sudan National Police services and National Security. 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.”

“Given this brief backdrop, the South Sudan National Examinations Council and the Ministry of General Education and Instruction have been alerted of possible examination security threats in most of the SPLM-IO bases in parts of Jonglei and Upper Nile State. Case in point is the recent detention of Staff belonging to an agent contracted by the National Ministry of General Education and Instruction to pay teachers’ incentives in Nyiror in Jonglei State.”

“To date, the money is not yet recovered although the agents were later released. These concerns have been shared with both the National Security Service and the Police and it has been resolved that unless a clear assurance is given by the SPLM-IO leadership over the security of examination in these areas, the National Examinations Council will have no other viable options but withhold the examinations in these areas in light of the fact that South Sudan National Security service and Police have no presence in such areas to provide full control and provision of security to Examiners, Examinees and the examinations.”

“Therefore, since I have already raised a red flag over this security concern, and the Primary eight examinations are set to begin in literally four days from today, I am afraid to state that pupils in these locations will have to needlessly miss out on their examinations due to the unresolved security concerns.”

Ethiopia requests 4,000 troops from S. Sudan as violence reaches boiling point

Military Spokesperson of the SSPDF, Lul Ruai Kong during a military briefing |Photo: Samir Bol /Gettyimages
Military Spokesperson of the SSPDF, Lul Ruai Kong during a military briefing |Photo: Samir Bol /Gettyimages

November 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister has reportedly sent a letter – requesting 4,000 troops from neighboring South Sudan as the armed conflict escalates in the Tigray region, a senior government official told Thessherald.

“Yes, the Ethiopian Prime Minister has requested us to help them bring orders in their own country by contributing at least 4,000 SSPDF soldiers to fight alongside their forces,” said the official, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Since last week, the Ethiopian government has been at war within itself pitting federal forces against the TPLF – a group of well-armed soldiers predominantly from the Tigray region, raising concerns that the ongoing military operations could spread and affect the entire Horn of Africa.

On Sunday, the federal government said it would continue its irreversible operations until it arrests the ringleaders who were responsible for the attempted looting of military equipment.

The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia continues to undertake the irreversible task of enforcing the rule of law in the Tigray region, which it commenced last week following the treasonous attacks by the TPLF on the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF),” the Office of the Prime Minister said in its statement.

“With the public admission yesterday of a senior TPLF member and spokesperson that they attacked the Northern Command of the ENDF, our resolve to apprehend the criminal elements within TPLF is stronger than ever. As the ENDF make further advances, liberating and taking over various areas within the region, the crimes again humanity committed by the belligerent clique has become quite evident. The heinous and reprehensible massacre committed against innocent civilians in Mykadra by TPLF is clearly a grave violation of the most basic norms of international law,” it added.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy, called on the international community and regional leaders to condemn the TPLF for the recent alleged massacre of civilians claimed by Amnesty International.

“Such horrendous attacks against civilians perpetrated by TPLF is an abominable transgression that the international community needs to not only take note of, but also condemn in the strongest terms possible.”

“The international community should also support the Federal Government in its efforts bring the perpetrators of such gruesome crimes to justice. We are cognizant of the desperate and last ditch attempts to escape accountability that will be taken by the TPLF junta.”