The O-level and A-level students were so excited after waiting to sit for their national exams for a period of two years due to Covid-19 distractions until yesterday when they put pens on their papers.
The students from different schools and courses spoke with the Campus and gave out their remarks on how it feels to do the long-awaited exam.
The candidates were waiting for the national exams since March 2020 when the pandemic broke in Rwanda until recently.
A big number of students who spoke with this media were joyous, hopeful and excited, celebrating the eventual exams that are like no other.
Umutoni Gaella a student at Gahini Secondary school said she is happy about doing the long waited exams that were halted by the global pandemic though that she kept revising in her preparation.
Gaella added, “I am hopeful because I revised and kept on track and expect to perform better in the coming exams with God’s help,”
Jean Luc RutagyengwaJean Luc, a student at IPRC-Kigali TSS said the examination was not all that easy but after having had enough time to revise. "I think things will all go well as I expect and have trust in my answers.” Rutagengwa hopefully said.
“It was not easy to study two years in one year but due to this global pandemic, but we had to abide by the situation and wait for the right time,” Rutagengwa added.
Fabiola Mutatsineza, a student at Saint Joseph Integrated Technical College said the exams were not so hard though that she had to get panicky and fear.
"Of course as a student, no wonder how you could revise you still have some fear butis fear but hope to have made it having had enough time to pass on with studies,”
According to the National Examinations and Schools Inspection Authority (NESA), 254,678 PLE candidates enrolled compared to the 286,087 in 2019, representing an 11% decrease.
NESA mentions, ordinary (O level) exams that started on 20 July 2021, with 122,320 candidates compared to 119,932 candidates in 2019.
The O-level candidates comprise 67,685 girls and 54,635 boys. The total number of O-level candidates represents an increase of 2% compared to 2019 with 119,932 candidates.
The examination centers for the Ordinary level candidates also increased from 489 to 547.
In the Advanced level or senior six, there is also an increase of 1.7%, up to 52,145 (26,892 girls and 22,894 boys) from 52,291 in 2019.
However, there was a drop in science candidates from 15,251 in 2019 to 14,785, representing a difference of 3.1%.
For the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools, they kicked off with practical examinations from 14 June to July 3rd.
There are 22,910 TVET candidates this year, comprising 9,916 girls and 12,994 boys. They are writing examinations from 149 examination centers.
For the TVET candidates, there was an increase in the number of candidates also, with 3,084 candidates expected to write their final exams.
In addition, a total of 1,857 private candidates will sit advanced level exams, up from 1584 candidates in 2019, representing an increase of 17.2%.
As exams progress, the Ministry of Education requests all the students to maintain discipline and preventive measures of covid-19 in order to protect themselves from being the victims of transferring the virus.
According to the Ministry of Education layout calendar, it is expected that the started on July 20, 2021, will end by July 30.