As has been the trend in recent years, rural-based secondary schools trounced their urban counterparts in the 2011 examinations, according to O’Level results announced yesterday.
New Life High School (Kayonza District, Eastern Province); emerged the overall best with an average aggregate of 14; followed by Maranyundo Girls’ School of (Bugesera, Eastern Province); and Lycee Notre-Dame de Citeaux of Nyarugenge, Kigali City.
Others are Petit Seminaire St. Pie X De Nyundo (Rubavu, Western Province); Petit Seminaire St. Leon Kabgayi (Muhanga, Southern Province); and Petit Seminaire Nkumba (Gakenke, Northern Province).
They were followed by Nu-Vision High School (Gasabo, Kigali); Petit Seminaire Rwesero (Gicumbi, Northern Province); Petit Seminaire Ndera (Gasabo, Kigali) and Esc Byimana (Ruhango, Southern Province).
Ten students tied at the top, with New Life, Nu-Vision, Lycee Notre-Dame de Citeaux, FAWE Girls School (Gasabo, Kigali) each producing two students among the top ten.
Five of the top ten best performers were girls.
Although a slight improvement was registered in the pass rate of girls in the first division, boys still dominated the top divisions, with 52.7 percent.
Boys came out top in science subjects, contributing 29 out of the 50 best performers countrywide.
The State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Matthias Harebamungu, said heads of schools will start to collect results from their respective district headquarters on Monday.
“Examinations were held in 355 examination centers and candidates were from 1,061 schools nationwide, a significant increase compared to 2010,” Harebamungu said.
Placement for senior 4 will take place on the January 27 and 28, according to the Rwanda Examinations Board officials.