Practical subjects challenging, teachers say

NYANZA/HUYE - Head teachers from different secondary schools in Nyanza and Huye districts have said the recently concluded first A’ Level practical examinations were challenging to students due to lack of previous experience. “Some supervisors didn’t have the required lab experience. In some cases a candidate could ask a given product or apparatus and the supervisor had to consult others or the team leader,” Eric Chirumamu, a Chemistry teacher at G.S.O.B said.
Candidates doing Chemistry practical exams at Groupe scolaire Officiel de Butare. (Photo/ F Ntaweukuriryayo)
Candidates doing Chemistry practical exams at Groupe scolaire Officiel de Butare. (Photo/ F Ntaweukuriryayo)

NYANZA/HUYE - Head teachers from different secondary schools in Nyanza and Huye districts have said the recently concluded first A’ Level practical examinations were challenging to students due to lack of previous experience.

“Some supervisors didn’t have the required lab experience. In some cases a candidate could ask a given product or apparatus and the supervisor had to consult others or the team leader,” Eric Chirumamu, a Chemistry teacher at G.S.O.B said.

Students said the practical were hard because it was their first time.

“I don’t know whether it affected only my school.  The Biology practical examination was moderate but physics was very tough. We were seeing some of the apparatus for the first time,” said Elise Nyirimana students at ESN Nyanza.  

Head teachers however, said despite the challenges which were encountered, it was a positive move for students to take practical examinations.

“It is a very positive step that the government of Rwanda initiated practical examinations in secondary schools,” the head teacher of G.S.O.B, Celestin Rwirangira said.

He appealed to the government to construct well equipped laboratories in all schools specializing in sciences.

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