The New Times (Kigali)

20 February 2013

Rwanda: Over 90 Per Cent Pass Technical Examinations

ONLY 1559 students who sat the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) examinations last year failed in unprecedented performance that saw 90.95 per cent of the candidates pass.

The results, released by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), yesterday, show that of the 17, 223 candidates who sat the exams, 15,664 passed.

Gerome Gasana, the WDA director-general, said each subject is graded differently due to the different learning hours per week.

In technical schools, students do both practical and theoretical exams, and candidates who qualify for certificates in technical schools should have scored at least Aggregate 9 plus a grade E in practical exams.

How they performed:

Apart from schools specialising in one option, some schools with multiple options performed better. For example in electricity Nyanza Technical School had six candidates among 15 best candidates.

Nyanza technical school also emerged among the best in Electronics and Telecommunications with 10 out of 15 best performers and 12 candidates out of 15 who performed well in Motor vehicle Mechanics.

In construction ESTB Busogo from Musanze district had three candidates among the best 13. Ecole Techniques St Kizito from Gisagara district had seven candidates among the best 11 candidates.

In accountancy, Groupe Scolaire de Janja from Gakenke district had four candidates among the best 10 performers.

ETO Kibuye in Karongi district emerged best in General mechanics with five candidates out of 11 best performers. In public works Ecole Technic St Kizito got five candidates out of 12 best candidates.

In Secretarial option Groupe Scholaire Rambura Fille in Nyabihu District got five candidates out of 13 best candidates.

Eight out of 15 best candidates in Veterinary were from EAV Kabutare in Huye district. In Hotel operations, St Mary Dominique Mazzarello in Rubavu district got six candidates out of 16 best.

In Tourism, nine candidates out of 13 best performers were from ESIR Musanze in Musanze district.

Rural schools shine:

In Computer Science and Management Groupe Scolaire Gatagara in Huye district emerged with seven top candidates out of 15 best performers.

The general observation is that males performed better than their female counterparts and the schools in rural districts have remarkably performed better than in towns.

The best districts were Kirehe, Gisagara, Rwamagana, Gicumbi and Kayonza while Kigali city districts performed poorly with Nyarugenge trailing.

Nyanza technical school also emerged best in Electronics and Telecommunications with 10 out of 15 best performers.

The number of female and male candidates was almost balanced as female candidates were 8,664 representing 50.3 per cent, while males were 8,559 representing 49.7 per cent.

The number of candidates increased from 17,178 in 2011 up to 17,428 candidates in 2012.

The private candidates were 548 representing 3.2 per cent down from 1,033 candidates in 2011 representing 6.2 per cent of the overall number.

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