It was jubilations when The New Times, broke the news to some of the best performing students in the 2009 A-level exams.
All the students that The New Times managed to speak to attributed their success to hard work, courage and concentration.
20-year old Aloys Nsereko of Lycee de Kigali attributed his success to determination and faith in God.
“I knew I was going to pass well, but had no idea I was going to be among the best students and first in my combination (MCB),” he revealed.
According to Nsereko, his dream of becoming a medical doctor is beginning to unfold and he is convinced that he will realize it.
“I have always wanted to become a doctor. I think now the sky is the limit since I am assured of a university education” he said.
Abel Muberuka, another Lycee de Kigali student told The New Times on phone that hard work and cooperation with fellow students did the magic.
“There is no other secret; it is only cooperation and having a good relationship with your colleagues since you are assured of help any time you need it,” said Muberuka.
Muberuka who came out as the best student in Mathematics in the country, wants to pursue a course in civil engineering.
Michael Ngamije who also came among the best students in mathematics in the country had advice for students in candidate classes.
“They need to concentrate and read their books if they want to excel,” he said
“Young people should avoid all forms of bad habits like taking drugs because they make them lose focus”.
The 18-year-old Ngamije wants to do electrical engineering.
Dennis Bisangwa, 19, one of the best arts students from Lycee De Kigali, got the news of his performance in an internet café.
He told The New Times, that he did not expect to score 55 points because even during the course of his studies he was not among the best students.
“I was shocked, I didn’t expect to be among the best students, and I received the news with absolute excitement” he said
He called upon other students below him to always take time off and “do serious reading and to be consistent in attending classes”. He said he wants to do economics.
Efforts to reach Akimana Marceline the best student in FAWE girls were futile. Her mother received the news of her daughter’s performance through friends.
“I was so happy to receive the news of her performance; I just told her that this should give her more courage to work harder in future,” she told The New Times.
“She should continue with the spirit so that she can contribute to the country’s progress”.