What next following national examination papers’ dispatch error in Muhanga

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 13 November 2019 at 05:05

As National Examinations started on Tuesday, some students at JAM Fred Nkunda-Shyogwe examination centre in Muhanga district didn’t sit for the papers as planned over alleged misplacement of national examinations question papers.

The failure to attend exams in due course raises questions of susceptible cheating that might arise from postponing exams already made available at other examination sites.

The mistake reported at the Muhanga based school of arts and music saw 21 students receiving the question papers of Music Notation yet they had to sit for Music Composition Exam as per the time table.

The mistake was reportedly made by the team in charge of packing, sealing and delivering the examination papers.

The Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs, Fortunée Mukagatana has told IGIHE that they had a discussion with the students and came up with a consensus to cancel the earlier leaked exam and postpone it to Thursday after resetting the questions.

“There was no scandal since this school is unique in Rwanda. It won’t bring any side effects to other exams. The leaked exam questionnaires will be replaced,” she said.

Following the incident, all exams stocked at JAM Fred Nkunda-Shyogwe were taken back to Rwanda Polytechnic’s main headquarter for fresh checks to prevent similar mistakes.

Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of training, Institutional Development and Research at Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) attributed the mistake to false labeling of the question paper packs and assured the replacement of disclosed exams for students to proceed with their exams.

A total of 119 000 candidates from Ordinary Level and 51 291 from Advanced Level in secondary schools started National Examinations on Tuesday.

Of the 119,932 students, 65,429 are girls and 54,503 males. The number of candidates has grown from 99,898 of the previous year.

Meanwhile, 51,291 are sitting for Advanced Level candidates including 29,079 females and 22,212 males up from 46,024 of 2018.