Rwanda: Ministry of Education emphasizes candidates for national exams
Following a surge in daily Covid-19 cases and the emergence of new variants, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente organized a press conference on Tuesday where he announced new Covid-19 restrictions.
The restrictions that came into effect on Thursday, July 1 include the closure of all schools; primary, secondary and higher schools in the city of Kigali and some eight districts across the country.
However, via its Twitter page, the Ministry of Education shed light on the issue of students who will sit for national exams.
Applicants who take the national exams and are in boarding schools will stay in their respective schools while those who study as day students will stay at home and prepare for their national exams.
According to the previously published schedule, primary school leaving exams will start on July 12 and end on July 14, while O-level candidates will start their exams on July 20 and end on July 27.
Then the A-Level and TVET theory exams will start on July 20 and end on July 27, and finally the A-Level science practice exams will start on July 28 and end on July 30.
The TVET practical exams started on June 14 and will end on July 3.
In addition, the ministry announced that teachers will remain at their respective workstations to finalize other school activities, including marking exams, preparing learner reports.
Meanwhile, for students of higher education institutions whose schools fall under Kigali and affected districts, those residing on campus (hostels) will remain on their respective campuses and continue to study remotely, while students off-campus residents will stay at home and continue to study remotely.
For high school students in non-candidate classes, they began their gradual return home on Thursday, July 1 and will continue until Sunday.
The first class which left on Thursday was made up of students from Kigali city and the districts of Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Rusizi, Karongi, Rutsiro and Bugesera.
The second group will leave on Friday July 2 from Nyanza, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Gicumbi and Rulindo, followed by the third group of students from Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Kirehe, Ngoma, Ruhango, Musanze and Musanze to return home. on Saturday July 3.
The last students to leave their respective schools on Sunday July 4 will be from Muhanga, Kamonyi, Burera and Ngororero.
The Education Department has urged students, parents, teachers and school administrators to abide by all new Covid rules and ensure they stick to the schedule so students can get to their homes in safe and fully dressed in school uniforms.