The Minister of Education, Gaspard Twagirayezu has shed light on the government's ongoing efforts to address the shortage of laboratories in science schools. He revealed that the government has been annually distributing 'Science kits' as an interim measure to ensure students have access to essential learning tools, regardless of their school's laboratory situation. In an interview with a local media outlet, Twagirayezu acknowledged that the government's progress in establishing science laboratories has yet to reach even half of the set target. He also discussed additional measures being explored to support science faculties in schools lacking adequate laboratory facilities. ALSO READ: Why govt restructured practical examinations for school candidates “The initial goal was to equip 60 percent of science schools with laboratories. Regrettably, we are still below this halfway mark. Nevertheless, we have proactively pursued alternative solutions. One such measure is the provision of 'science kits' that incorporate all the necessary materials outlined in the curriculum. These kits are procured annually,” he explained. Twagirayezu reiterated the necessity of continuously establishing more laboratories to enhance the teaching of science. “To enhance the teaching of science, it is vital that we continue constructing more laboratories,” he emphasized. Meanwhile, in the recent 2022-2023 national examinations, the government introduced a notable shift for science students, replacing conventional practical exams with theoretical alternatives. The decision aimed to create a level playing field for students from diverse educational backgrounds. ALSO READ: 2, 000 schools get science kits According to Bernard Bahati, the Director-General of the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA), the new approach involves theoretical demonstrations on paper, eliminating the need for practical apparatus during the examination process. “This innovative approach was adopted to ensure that every student, irrespective of their school's resources, has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of scientific principles and practical skills. The implementation of alternative exams for students from schools with laboratories and those without aims to guarantee fairness in the assessment process,” Bahati highlighted.