2015 A-Level results indicate decline in student performance

Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Director General, Jerome Gasana (L) receives 2015 exam results from State Minister Olivier Rwamukwaya.

Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Director General, Jerome Gasana (L) receives 2015 exam results from State Minister Olivier Rwamukwaya.

The Ministry of education today released the Advanced level education school examinations that have indicated a poor performance among secondary school students, despite a decrease in examination malpractices.

The results were officially published by the State Minister of education Olivier Rwamukwaya at the ministerial offices this February 18, 2016.

National examinations 2015 results indicate that there was a drop in the number of students who registered for exams from 46,411 in 2014 to 42, 545 students in 2015 and the same happened in the numbers of students who sat for exams, with decline from 45,957 to 42,118 in the above periods.

There was however a very slight increase of the students who passed from 40, 957 (89.1%) in 2014 to 37,558 (89.2%) in 2015 and the highest drop by sex was among males students from 51%to 48% while among girls there was an increase from 44.9% to 51.9% in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

However, there was a good performance among the technical education schools which saw an increase in passes among male (48.7%-54.8%) and female (39.5%-45.1%) candidates even when the overall pass rate has dropped from 90% from 2011 when TVET were introduced to 88.3% in 2015.

Janvier Gasana, the Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB) said that despite this performance the ministry of education has made progress in various aspects especially monitoring the examination exercise and results marking.

Gasana said “there were very few exam malpractices and none was noticed among TVET schools. This means that we are improving in this area, where students used to complain about their results-but we are now following up on these issues to ensure better education standards”

Apparently, with the above performance there was an increase in number of advanced secondary schools from 713 to 719 and while in TVET there an increase in the number of exam papers from 139 to 140.

Despite the consist progress and improvement in the teacher training colleges, this section may not see many teacher graduate as a result professional conditions imposed during the restructuring process last year.

“This means that 2635 out of 2661 candidates who sat for the teacher exams in 2015 will be able to graduate” according to a press statement from the University of Rwanda-College of Education.

2015 A-Level results indicate decline in student performance

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