Students of Lycee de Kigali in Rugunga Sector, Nyarugenge District, believe that the quality of education gradually improved at their school compared to previous years.
Kenneth Ntambara, a senior six student at the school, studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) states that most science students improved their performance.
“The introduction of practicals really brings about better results in our national examinations”, analyses Ntambara.
“Practical work will also help us as science students to gain skills and knowledge to become job creators in various fields,” Ntambara adds.
Nabella Umuhoza, also studying PCB is happy with the government’s programme to promote girls’ education. At Lycee de Kigali, girls performed better than boys in the national A-level examinations last year.
“The provision of equal education opportunities for girls and boys allowed us girls to compete with boys in all subjects”, Umuhoza says
She adds that students who were studying through the French system initially had problems adapting to the Anglophone system. But those troubles are now a thing of the past.
Performance at O level at the Lycee improved dramatically. In 2006, the performance stood at 45.15 percent and now stands at 98.8 percent.
Joseph Rwamuhama, another student at the same school, notes that there are now sufficient laboratory instruments, text books and teachers.
“But there is also an increasing need for regular computer lessons, which are lacking now”, he remarks.
Irene Muhimpundu, the school Librarian, recalls that in the previous years, there was inadequate space in the library. Students would read text books in either their dormitories or classrooms. Today, the library is spacious.
“In the previous years, we had only 16,000 text books in the library. Now we own over 29,000. I believe this contributes a lot to the students’ improved performance”, Muhimpundu says
During a visit to the Lycee, the City of Kigali vice mayor in charge of social affairs, Hope Tumukunde, called upon the school management to continue delivering quality education to the students.
“Providing better education goes beyond academics. It also gives students better discipline and family values”.