19 February 2013

Rwanda: Results for A-Level Exams Announced

The ministry of education through the Rwanda Education Board has announced the results for the 2012 National Examinations for S-6 graduates in both general education and technical and professional skills.

Concerning general education, students who sat for the National Examinations were from 297 schools countrywide, with 155 private schools and 142 government aided schools. The number of subjects' combination was 18 with 14 exams to sit for.

"We had 33,780 candidates who registered, but only 32,223 (95.4%) sat for the Exams," said Education Minister Vincent Biruta while unveiling the results. Among those who sat, 17,047 (52.9%) were male and 15,176 (47.1%) were female. "28,636 (88.2%) of those who sat for the exam qualified for certificates, 15,790 (55.3%) boys and 12,846 (44.7%) girls," he said, adding that 3,587 candidates (11.5%) didn't qualify.

Concerning private candidates, 3,850 candidates sat for the Exam, of whom 2,799 (71.5%) were able to qualify.

The Minister said that grades range from A which equals to 6 points (principal pass) down to F which means disqualification. The candidates who qualified have scored at least 3 subsidiary passes at grade S (equal to 1 point) or its equivalent.

The best student in sciences is Jean De Dieu Manirakiza from Groupe Scolaire Byimana (South), and the best in Economics is Consolateur Ntampara of Groupe Scolarie St Joseph Kabgayi (South). The best female candidate in sciences is Jessica Laure Bonumwezi of IFAK (Kigali city) who is also the best in MCB (Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology).

Concerning technical and professional examinations in TVET, 17,223 candidates sat for the exams with 8,559 (49.7%) male and 8,664 % (50.3%) female. 90.95% (15,664) of the candidates passed and qualified for the Advanced level certificate in technical and professional secondary education. "Compared to the pass rate of 90.8% in 2011, there is a slight increase of 0.15% in the level of performance at the national level in academic year 2012," Biruta said.

Out of the 15,664 candidates who passed, 7,930 candidates (50.5%) are boys and 7,727 (49.5%) girls.

The Minister stressed that there is a remarkable performance of schools in rural districts including Kirehe, Gisagara, Rwamagana, Gicumbi and Kayonza. Generally, catholic schools are on top of those with most of the best performers, where schools like Groupe Scolaire Byimana, Groupe Scolaire St Joseph Kabgayi, Lycee Notre Dame de Citeaux and Petit Seminaire-Minor Seminaries (Nkumba, Kabgayi, Butare) appear everywhere on the top performers list.

According to the REB's DG John Rutayisire, catholic schools perform well due to many factors. "Performing well depends on the quality of the school leadership, the environment, students' monitoring mechanisms and timely tasks. Catholic schools have all those factors."

Rutayisire said also that REB didn't do the usual top performing schools classification because it was misleading. "We'll no longer compare schools' performances because they don't have the same number of candidates, which makes the list misleading about real performances," Rutayisire said.

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