Southern Sudan: Helping to build an education system
06 November 2009

Students sitting exams in Kajo Keji. JRS offers training to improve planning and implementing of exams in the county. (Joseph Lisok/JRS)
Seeking to promote education and peace, JRS staff pay particular attention to the education of girls, women teachers and community leaders.
Kajo Keji, 6 November 2010 – On November 6, 2009, public education officers and teachers in JRS schools took a further step towards achieving their overall common goal of ensuring quality education to all children of school-going age in Kajo Keji county, Central Equatoria state, Southern Sudan.

This was the end of the third day of intensive training for examination secretaries in the southernmost county whose population of more than 250,000 borders northern Uganda.

The workshop was organised for 39 education officers, including members of the county examination panel and local inspectorate, education officers at the local district office and examination secretaries in the 40 JRS-supported schools. It provided support to the participants on planning and implementing examinations and managing data and administration systems. The idea is to help education officials to establish quality examination and administration systems as a way of ensuring the excellence of services provided to students.

In cooperation with the JRS education team in Kajo Keji, the teacher trainer, Wani Emmanuel Denson, assessed the procedures used by the panel and schools. Through a series of questions and observations, Mr Denson sought to help officials and teachers to adapt the content of their examinations to circumstances on the ground.

The following week, Kajo Keji hosted a meeting with examiners from the other five counties of Central Equatorial state. Twelve examiners, two per county, came together to design the state-wide primary school examinations.

With the knowledge and skills the participants have learned, they will be able to act as guides to their colleagues to ensure the validity and reliability of examinations.

With the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, the 22-year-long civil war, which cost the lives of more than two million people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, officially ended. Little of the state infrastructure remained intact, leaving the new authorities in Southern Sudan with huge challenges, especially in the areas of education, health and roads.

Since 2000, JRS has gradually expanded its services from direct education provision to the training of teachers, parents and government officials and the provision of secondary education. Seeking to promote education and peace, staff pay particular attention to the education of girls, women teachers and community leaders. The teacher training project also seeks to support full-time and ongoing training for more than 280 teachers in Kajo Keji county.

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