Altaghyeer: White Nile

A video footage obtained by Altaghyeer shows the White Nile state education minister and his personal driver searching male and female students at one of the Sudanese certificate exams’ centers last March in the state as they looked for potential cheaters.

The footage captures the minister Haj Ali Mansour and his driver searching for papers allegedly leaked before the exams and the horror among students, in an act that clearly violates education laws and certificate exams’ regulations as students shouldn’t be treated in such a manner.

One of the teachers told Altaghyeer that the minister himself accompanied by his driver organized a campaign to catch cheaters after accusing centers’ directors of being complicit as they allowed cheating in exams, and she described such acts as “forbidden by education laws and regulations as a student should be treated in a certain calm way if they were caught cheating”.

Cheating in secondary and basic certificate exams is widely practiced, and teachers pointed out that schools’ administrations are complicit in the cheating in order to achieve high success percentages which in turn boosts a school’s ranking in its competition with other private and pilot schools.

It is worth noting that Sudanese certificate exams for the schooling year 2017-2018 were hit by scandals as exams for a number of subjects were leaked, but the ministry only admitted to the chemistry exam as an alternative was rescheduled amid the profound outrage of students, their families and education experts.

White Nile state suffers, as well as other Sudanese state, from an awful degradation in education services, a collapsed education environment and above all the service itself isn’t free as fees are imposed by localities on students at all schooling levels in order to pay teachers’ incentives, especially headmasters whom receive between 1000 to 2000 SDG each gleaned from popular fees collected from students, ranging from 60 to 100 SDG per student in a month according to a reliable source. This practice constituted a great burden on poor families and led to indigent children dropping out of school.