Studying in shifts may undermine performance-Kigali students fear

By IGIHE
On 4 January 2021 at 11:53

Secondary school students in Kigali city have expressed worries that studying in shifts which saw studying time reduced from nine to five hours per day would affect their performance during national examinations.

The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) recently announced that students will be subject to some conditions including rotation of courses, reducing study time to avoid overcrowding as part of ongoing measures to prevent spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

Students at Kagarama Catholique have told Rwanda Television that rotation system might affect their performance during national examinations.

“Studying in shifts, given a large number of students and shortage of classrooms, affects us as we prepare for national examinations. It is disrupting courses and timetable,” said Munezero Kevin.

Other students explained that they study in haste that teachers sometimes forget to catch up suspended course units.

The Acting Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB), Dr Sebaganwa Alphonse explained that studying five hours is normal and aligns with prepared timetable.

“Weeks of the academic year are counted taking into account minimal hours students should spend in class to cover the entire curricula. That is five hours. We have no students spending below three hours. It is better to stay in class for more than five hours because students use that time to revise and do many exercises,” he said.

“It is clear that everyone stands chance to win, but depends on teacher’s performance. However, studying on rotational basis is recommended as per current plan,” added Dr Sebaganwa.

Students from senior 3 and 6 are expected to sit for National exams in July 2021.

Secondary school students in Kigali city have expressed worries that studying in shifts which saw studying time reduced from nine to five hours per day would affect their performance during national examinations. Photo File

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