Primary teachers sit for English examinations

KARONGI – Primary school teachers in Karongi District yesterday sat for English examinations, calling for reforms and better methods of assessing the extent of their mastery of the language. Teachers who talked to The New Times argued that giving examinations without adequate lessons was in itself counter productive.
Teachers sitting for English examinations at Group Scholaire de Kibuye yesterday. (Photo: S. Nkurunziza)
Teachers sitting for English examinations at Group Scholaire de Kibuye yesterday. (Photo: S. Nkurunziza)

KARONGI – Primary school teachers in Karongi District yesterday sat for English examinations, calling for reforms and better methods of assessing the extent of their mastery of the language.

Teachers who talked to The New Times argued that giving examinations without adequate lessons was in itself counter productive.

The teachers said the examinations were mainly composed of objective- type questions.

Védaste Mporayonzi, an English teacher at Gasara Primary School, says that some teachers who studied in the French system find it challenging to master English.

“Although it was easy for me however  I discovered that some people needed a lot more time to analyze the simple questions that were asked. Those setting the examinations will have to consider ways of examining those learning the language,” Mporayonzi said shortly after the 30minute exam.

Daniel Ntibatwarizwa, another teacher from Ecole Primaire de Gitarama, suggested that better methods of training the teachers should be adopted for the purposes of deepening the language usage within schools.

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