The New Times (Kigali)

19 January 2013

Rwanda: Results - Girls Outshine Boys

Girls recorded significant improvement compared to the boys in the 2012 Primary Leaving Examinations and Ordinary Leaving Examinations released yesterday.

In PLE, 54 per cent of the girls passed as opposed to the boys who recorded 46 per cent.

In O' Level, however, the difference was only slightly higher with girls posting 50.1 per cent compared to the boy's 49.82 per cent .

The overall best female student was Hope Uwera from Bright Academy in Nyagatare who was the fourth best among the top ten Candidates in the country in PLE.

In O-Level, Francoise Niyigena, from Nu-Vision High School who was the second best candidate in the same category is the best girl. Niyigena scored Aggregate 8 trouncing 8 other candidates all of them boys.

Girls who excelled in O' Level mainly offered Physics, History, English and Entrepreneurship subjects.

In PLE, girls dominated all the subjects namely English, Kinyarwanda, Mathematics, Social Studies and Sciences.

Esther Katitesi, was the best pupil in sciences.

While releasing the results yesterday, the Minister of Education, Vincent Biruta said it was only right that girls should improve since the ministry had undertaken drastic steps to improve girls' education.

"We are very pleased indeed. This only confirms that we are starting to harvest what we invested years ago," Biruta said.

Unlike the past years, single schools did not produce the best female candidates.

Relatively new schools on the scene like New Life Academy in Kayonza and Nu-vision High School in Kigali produced the best overall while Maranyundo Girls School in Bugesera district beat FAWE Girls School in producing the most excelling girls in Sciences.

However, FAWE remained the best at English, Lycee Notre Dame de Citeaux produced some of the best in the Kinyarwanda, History and Geography subjects.

"We aim for better in the coming years, but even at this point, we are surely harvesting the fruits of a more aggressive education approach," Biruta said of the girls' performance.

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