The Ministry of Education, yesterday, released results of the 2012 Senior Six examinations, in which 11% of the candidates failed to get certificates.
A total of 3,850 candidates couldn’t make it in the national exams whose total number of candidates was 32,223. 28,636 passed the exams which correspond to 88.2 per cent at a pass mark of 10 marks out of 55.
According to Rwanda Education Board (REB), there was a slight increase of 1% compared to the year 2011 which saw 26,975 pass.
Students from faith based schools especially catholic schools as has been the norm in the previous years, performed better.
The most shining schools are Petit Seminaire de Rwesero, Petit Seminaire St Jean Nkumba, Petit Seminaire Nyundo, Petit Seminaire St Leon Kabgayi and Petit Seminaire Virgo Fidelis de Karubanda.
The seminaries, in general, excelled in the entire science fields, but this is not surprising, according to John Rutayisire, the director-general of the Rwanda Education Board (Reb).
In this year’s exams, male students outshined their female counterparts with 15,790 passing, representing 55.3 per cent, while 12,846 (44.7 per cent) were females.
A total of 2,799 private candidates passed this year compared to 5,833 in 2011, the number of private candidates decreased by to 12 per cent of the total candidates.
Different from the past years, in 2012, some schools are reported to have cheated making the bad head of the cheating phenomenon to raise its ugly head for the first time in the Rwanda Education system.
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