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S. Sudan, Bor: pupils riot following exam delay.

December 15, 2011 (BOR) -- Students in Bor attacked education officies and damaged windows when exams for the end of the year failed to begin as scheduled on Thursday.

Pupils armed with sticks withdraw from education offices, Bor, South Sudan, December 15, 2011 (ST)

Police fired into the air to disperse the demonstrators who withdrew after their leaders got assurance that the papers will be released shortly. An anonymous student of Bor 'B' Primary School explained that "every pupil paid 31 South Sudanese Pounds [US$12] for printing of the examination papers but we have been waiting for long." Some sources within Bor county education office suggested that an insufficient number of examination papers, which were printed in Uganda, were transported to Bor this week. The Bor town inspector of schools, Gabriel Panchol, addressed the angry pupils, saying that the papers only arrived on Wednesday night and that there were difficulties in getting them to Bor village. The strike ended after an hour-long discussion between student leaders and education officials in which it was agreed that the exams would begin on Friday and end on Saturday. About 2,000 pupils took part in the protest. (ST)

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Date:Dec 16, 2011
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