Ministry of Education discusses postponing new school year

A senior official at the Sudanese Ministry of Education revealed that consultations were being held concerning postponing the upcoming school year, which is scheduled to start on the sixth of next September.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer : Sarah Taj al-Sir

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Sami al-Baqer, told AlTaghyeer attributed the delay to the large number of teachers (7,500) being preoccupied with correcting the Sudanese certificate exams, in addition to the incomplete printing of the intermediate school curriculum, in addition to a period of time needed to accustom the teachers to the curriculum.

The Ministry of Education made an amendment to the school ladder, which stipulated the abolition of the basic stage, and its replacement with the primary and intermediate stages.

The return to the primary and intermediate stages is a return to the old system, before it was modified by Omar al-Bashir’s now dissolved national salvation regime, to the basic and secondary stages, in the mid-nineties of the last century.

Al-Baqer pointed out that a number of schools, mostly schools located in the states away from the capital, were also not ready due to them being affected by rain and floods, stressing that the decision –only pending agreement– will be announced in the coming days.

Hamza al-Fahal, the Director of the General Administration of Basic Education in the ministry however, confirmed in press statements that schools will open according to their announced date; the sixth September.

Al-Fahal called on citizens to inform the nearest education office, in the event that any government school imposes fees on students, and revealed that no re-sits will be organized for those who failed the foundation certificate exams for the academic year 2020/2021.

 “The failing student has a right to repeat,” he said, explaining that the educational loss for 2022 will be treated with appendices.

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