Education Ministry Withholds National Exams Results

The Ministry of Education has refused to announce results of the best performing schools in the 2014 national examinations for both Primary and ordinary level secondary schools.

Education Minister Prof. Silas Lwakabamba told KTPress Monday evening that he had earlier instructed the Examination Board (REB) to upload all the details on their website.

He wondered why until that time they hadn’t heeded.

The Director General of REB, Emmanuel Muvunyi, accused the media of previously manipulating information on national examination results saying that it misleads the public.

“Some reporters tend to show that schools where best students come from are the best schools, which is wrong,” he said at a press conference while officially announcing the results.

“Success should be attributed to a student, not necessarily a school.”

Minister Lwakabamba said comparing districts and schools had created unnecessary competition. He however agreed that best performers merited to be announced.

Nevertheless, KTPress investigative team managed to establish the names of the schools where the first three primary level performers came from and the best performers in secondary school.

Mugisha Abdulkharim emerged Best overall student in primary while second and third were Karenzi Manzi and Ian Mucyo Samuel, all from Kigali Parents Primary School.

Kigali Parents Primary School Principle, Charles Mutazihana, confirmed that indeed the best three students were from his school and said it is “motivation to our teachers.”

Mugisha Abdulkharim, who loves mathematics, told us he was expecting to be in the top ten, but not the first. “I want to become an architect,” he said.

Among top eleven in primary level, four are Abdulkarim’s classmates. Last year, all the students in his school passed with a distinction.

For O’level, Pacience Irakoze and Kalisa Moses emerged first and second respectively.

Irakoze is from Karubanda-Huye Minor Seminary, a catholic school, Kalisa Deo, whose school KTPress could not identify.

Generally, there were only two girls out of the best ten primary level candidates.

At secondary level, the performance was equal, five girls and five boys in the first ten best.

All the top two performers in each category were boys. But all their grades were withheld by REB.

According to general results released Monday, boys performed better than girls in Primary Leaving Examinations.

Of the total 157,033 candidates for the 2014 Primary Leaving Examination, 86,292 (or 54.7%) are girls, while 70,741 (or 45.5%) are boys.

About 3,317 (59.3%) boys passed scoring first division while 2,274 (45.6%) girls passed with first division.

Meanwhile, for Ordinary Level, a total of 86,461 candidates sat for national exams, of which 46,020(53.2%) are girls, and 40,441 (46.7%) are boys.

The total number of O’Level candidates in the first division was 8,836.

Boys that scored First Division were 5,656 (64.01%), while girls in First Division were 3,180 (35.9%).

In 2013, the number of boys that passed in First Division were 57.9%.

some of the best students
some of the best students

The ministry says it will establish the cause for the decline in girls’ performance.

Olivier Rwamukwaya Minister of State for Primary and Secondary School said, “We shall conduct a survey to establish the reason behind this. For now, we cannot state what the reason was.”

Sharon Haba, the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Education said the difference is “not a big deal”, provided that a girl could barely complete even secondary school until recent years.

Jean Uwihanganye, Director of Ruheru Secondary School suspects the cause could be the attitude of boys and girls during exams. “Sometimes girls panic during exams.”

Until press time, REB had remained adamant and refused to release the marks.

KTPress Team