National examinations: Best performers share their joy

Elvin Humura, from Wisdom School, who emerged the best overall performer with aggregate 5 in the 2019 Primary Leaving Examinations, is congratulated and handed a Positivo laptop by Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, as Samuel Mulindwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Humura’s mother Leah Mukayuhi (left) and aunt (right) at the Ministry of Education in Kigali on December 30, 2019. Photo Emmanuel Kwizera.

The best performing candidates in the 2019 exams for Primary, Lower Secondary and Teacher Training College (TTC) examinations have shared their joy, secret to success and career aspirations.

The results were released on Monday by the Ministry of Education, where the best performers were recognised and awarded laptops.


Seven of the ten best students in both primary and lower secondary levels are female, while it was an equal share in TTC.


The New Times talked to a few of the best, right after they were awarded. They shared their feelings, what they did to be among the best and their future aspirations.


Elvin Humura, the best performer in primary six.

“I am so happy, although I wasn’t expecting this. I made so many revisions, and also made time for resting so that I don’t get stressed. I had made myself a daily revision timetable, and a table where I wrote every exam or test result so that I know where to improve.”

Annick Uwacu Niyubahwe was the second best candidate in primary six

She said; “I am so happy because I wasn’t expecting this. There are some exams that really challenged me, but now I am better. I cooperated with my teachers and fellow students. We were given time to research at school.”

Salvi Mucyo, the best candidate in lower secondary, said that; “I am so happy!”

“I was always attentive when my teachers were teaching. I made personal revision and research in textbooks and on the internet, and made sure I was ready for the exam way before we sat for it, because I didn’t want to panic.”

Adeline Muhimpundu Gashugi, the second best performer in lower secondary said that;

 “I am happy, but again, I was surprised. I studied in the usual way, and always made sure I understood what I was supposed to. I never panicked, I always made time for relaxing.”

Esron Nishimwe, the second best candidate in TTC said that; “I am very happy. Going to school with so many people and beating all of them, as you have heard, they were thousands. It is something I would ever hardly forget. I worked very hard, followed my teachers’ lessons, but most importantly, I disciplined myself.”

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