On Monday, the government announced that over 60,000 candidates comprising 44,176 for PLE and 16,466 for O'Level who did not get the pass mark will have to repeat classes. This automatically means that private schools will not be allowed to admit students who failed the national examinations.
The statement of the National Examination and School inspection Authority (NESA) released indicated that students who did not get the pass mark are not allowed to proceed to the next level in a private school.
The examination board went and forward and warned the private schools that any person who will be caught admitting failed candidates will be held accountable
“Any school that will be found making such a mistake will be held responsible. Such candidates deserve to repeat classes.”
Following the announcement different influencers and Rwandans at large provided their points of view on their social media platforms, mostly not agreeing with this statement and suggesting that the ministry of education should re-consider this policy.
Dr. Lonzen RUGIRA, an independent consultant in a public affairs commentator says that the decision might affect the mental state of young students and wrongfully make them have a perception of failure.
“Have the psychological effects on students been factored in?. The exams merely test and not necessarily the abilities of the student.” he wrote.
The one calling himself Minister of drinks and foods said more dropouts are to be noticed. "Regardless to the way Covid affected everyone, everything, you decide just to turn a blind eye and condemn them to repeat and then forbid private schools to allow them," he said.
"It is unfortunate that this comes during a pandemic. However, in a system where courses are continuous from one class to another, repeating a class to master better the basics should be a fairly acceptable standard. I am shocked it took this long, but happy to see it starts in RW." Mathiew Rwisereka wrote.