RWAMAGANA - For the first time in Rwanda, blind student teachers sat for national examinations as private candidates.
Four visually impaired teachers from the School of the Blind in Rwamagana district were among the candidates who sat for the 2009 A’ level examinations that ended yesterday.
The Blind school’s head teacher, Pierre Nteziryayo, said the teachers wanted to pursue further education by hoping to join universities since the government offers every Rwandan an opportunity to education.
“The sky is the limit for Rwandans wishing to study. So they also thought it wise to pursue further studies. They are bright and I am sure they will perform well in the exams,” Nteziryayo said.
Jean Marie Rutayisire, one of the visually impaired candidates said the exams were fair.
“We expect to perform well once results are announced,” he said.
The teachers who mainly took life science subjects were examined under the common Braille method, tailored specifically for the blind.
Angelique Nganji, who also sat for the special exams told The New Times that her condition was a result of torture sustained during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.