Oct 21, 2021

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Over 60,000 Rwandan students fail national exams, to repeat classes

More than 60,000 Rwandan students who fail national exams will retake classes as the government abandons automatic advancement to the next grade.

The move aims to improve the quality of Improving education through a performance assessment system.


The results released Monday by the Ministry of Education show that more than 44,100 students (17 percent of high school graduates) and more than 16,400 students (13.6 percent of total students Intermediate level) performed poorly in the exams and have to repeat their lessons.

The data shows that 251,906 students took the final exams of the primary level and 121,626 students took the final exams of the regular level.

In recent years, regardless of their performance, the students have consistently moved on to the next class. This will no longer be the case.

“[It] will not be the usual where all students are allowed to get places in the next levels or places in private schools. All of these underperforming students will not get places in the next levels, but they will be supported to get the required levels first, ”said Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Minister of Education.

“This means that over 44,100 students will not advance to the first grade of secondary schools, nor will more than 16,400 students not be placed in the next level, i.e. fourth or third Level of vocational schools, ”she added.

The national exams were initially scheduled for November last year, but postponed until July this year due to the pandemic.

According to the Ministry of Education, the students defied the chances during the pandemic and the general academic performance has improved compared to 2019.

Because according to the figures, in 2019, 3.8 percent of students achieved in the first grade and 17.7 percent in the second grade of total national primary school final exams in 2019, the published figures show that performance in 2021 has improved with 5.7 percent of students in first c grade and 20.5 percent in de r second grade.

The ministry states that the performance of school leavers increased from 9.1 percent in the first grade and 15.5 percent in the second grade in 2019 to 15.8 percent now the first grade has improved grade and 18.6 percent in the second grade.

To learn bravely, “said Dr. Uwamariya.

During the lockdown, the Rwandan Ministry of Education introduced e-learning courses.

Given the limited Internet penetration, the Ministry of Education. however, ordered schools to repeat courses taught online during closing time to curb the growth of educational inequalities.