KAYONZA – Headteachers in Kayonza District have been advised to stick to their professional ethics during the upcoming national examinations to avoid falling into trouble.
The District Director of Education, Francine Nyirandoreyaho, made the remarks this week while addressing secondary school headteachers, who had gathered to discuss modalities of conducting end of term examinations in their respective schools.
“You know that some of your colleagues have ended up in trouble, through careless actions. Try to be strict and stick to the teaching and learning ethics,” she said.
Most head teachers expressed satisfaction with the way examinations have been prepared. They further revealed that the new single language of instruction in schools, English, has been embraced and children are adapting quite well.
“We are set for the end of year examinations. What people thought would be a problem, is no longer a threat. English will be the language used in examinations; teachers and students don’t have any problem with it,” Julienne Mukabasepi, the head teacher of Gahini Secondary School said.
At the meeting, some head teachers however, said that the problem of drop-outs is still a big challenge.
The headteacher of Kayonza Secondary School, Jean Marie Vianney Habyarimana, blamed parents for not doing enough to keep children in school.
“The exam period helps us above all to identify drop-outs in a given year. I have discovered that we have scores of drop-outs,” both girls and boys. The blame is just on myopic parents, who engage their children in domestic chores at the expense of their children’s future,” he said.
The head teachers reaffirmed their commitment to ending examination malpractices.
According to the Director of Education, some school teachers have previously been arrested after engaging in examination malpractices.
The school term is expected to end by October 30, 2009, according to education officials.