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In 2011, Sudan was formally divided when South Sudan seceded to form a new country. The portion of the country that did not secede retained the name Sudan. In the EPDC database, the country name ?South Sudan? is used for education indicators reported to be representative of the geographic area of post-secession South Sudan, and includes data for years earlier than 2011. For Indicators representative of the full geographic area of pre-secession Sudan (i.e. Sudan and South Sudan combined), please search under ?Sudan ? Pre-secession.? Data for the geographic area of post-secession country of Sudan (i.e. North Sudan), including data for years preceding secession can be found under ?Sudan ? Pre-secession.?
South Sudan officially has a 8-4 formal education structure. Under this system, primary school has an official entry age of six and a duration of eight grades, secondary school consists of grades 9 - 12. In practice, however, many schools follow the curricula of neighboring countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda), with the result that some schools may offer six or seven grades of primary and three, four, or six grades of secondary. In principle, basic education school is free and compulsory. Students generally sit for the basic education certificate at the end of grade 8, and the Sudan School Certificate (SSC) examination at the end of grade 11 or twelve. (World Bank, Education in the Republic of South Sudan : status and challenges for a new system. 2012).
Among other data sources, unique EPDC data collections for South Sudan include administrative data from the Bureau of Statistics (2006, 2008-2009), Ministry of General Education and Instruction (2010-2012), and household survey data from MICS/SHHS (2006).
For an overview of current education conditions in South Sudan, please view our education profiles.
Last updated: 4/2014
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