A complete of 452,053 candidates from throughout the nation are as a result of sit their nationwide examinations over a interval spanning six weeks, from June 14 by way of July 30, in response to the Nationwide Examinations and Faculties Inspection Authority (NESA).
This would be the first time nationwide exams are held in two years after faculties have been closed and nationwide examinations known as off final 12 months as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
As much as 254,678 candidates (138,065 women and 116,613 boys) will write major leaving examinations, representing a drop of 11 per cent from the 2019 candidates (286,087).
In O-Stage, 122,320 college students (67,685 women and 54,635 boys) will sit exams, representing a rise of two per cent from the 2019 numbers when 119,932 candidates wrote their exams.
There was additionally a rise within the variety of A-Stage candidates, equal to 1.7 per cent, as much as 52,145 (26,892 women and 22,894 boys) from 52,291 in 2019. There was, nevertheless, a decline in science candidates from 15,251 in 2019 to 14,785, representing a distinction of three.1%.
Beneath the Technical and Vocational Training and Coaching (TVET) system, 21,053 college students will sit their nationwide exams, comprising 9,916 women and 12,994 boys. In TVET, there was a rise within the variety of candidates, with 19,862 college students writing their closing papers final time round.
As well as, a complete of 1,857 non-public candidates will sit S.6 exams, up from 1584 candidates in 2019.
TVET sensible examinations would be the first to be performed, from June 14-July 3.
For major candidates, NESA has allotted 1018 examination centres nationwide, 0-Stage exams shall be held at 547 centres, A-Stage 418 centres, and TVET 97 centres.
Requested in regards to the staggering drop in major faculty candidates, with 31,409 fewer pupils set to do nationwide exams this 12 months in comparison with 2019, Bernard Bahati, director-general, NESA, attributed this to the results of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“After the colleges reopened some college students did not report again instantly, some are even nonetheless coming in now. We predict it is most likely as a result of the truth that faculties closed for a little bit of time,” he instructed The New Instances from his workplace in Remera on Wednesday, June 9.
Major candidates are as a result of sit their exams from July 12-14, O-Stage, A-Stage (idea) and TVET (idea) from July 20-27, and A-Stage (science practicals) July 28-30.
Francine Uwamahoro, 19, a Senior Six candidate at Groupe Scolaire Catholique Ndera, mentioned the pandemic will “clearly have had an influence” on scholar readiness for the upcoming nationwide exams however added that she was assured.
“I believe we shall be prepared,” mentioned the EKK (English, Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili) part scholar.