PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME’S three-day tour of Rusizi District was indeed eventful. He could have left scents of roses wafting in the air, but to me, the clincher was the million-dollar advice that he seemed to save for the last (they say save the best for last, huh?).
Ending the tour on Friday, President Kagame urged Rusizi residents to pool resources and invest in the district as a way to address their financial challenges and benefit from the growing business sector.
For a district at the border and bristling with tourism potential, it was understandable that the President took special stride in preaching to the residents the need to draw resources from within themselves to invest and develop the district even more. He said if they pooled resources they can enter joint ventures and set up large investments, including a five-star hotel which the district needs.
One can only wish there is a way the Presidency can follow up on how far the residents have incorporated the advice in their development projects since the President also promised them more support from the government.
Examinations results out
As Rusizi residents were braving the scorching sun to welcome the President, thousands of former PLE and O-Level candidates were keeping their fingers crossed. The Rwanda Education Board was leafing through piles of papers whose content was as vital as determining the next academic rung of a ladder the students take.
The 2012 results saw girls outsmart their male counterparts by recording significant improvement compared to the boys in the 2012 Primary Leaving Examinations and Ordinary Leaving Examinations released Friday. In PLE, 54 per cent of the girls passed as opposed to the boys, who recorded 46 per cent. In O-Level, however, the difference was slight, with girls posting 50.1 per cent compared to the boy’s 49.82 per cent.
This is the kind of news that inspires a cartoonist into drawing graphics that call for “affirmative action” for boys in school. Look, girls have proved that they are not material for the kitchen in the 21st century. This PLE/ O-Level news comes on the back of the other at Kigali Institute of Technology where Flora Marie Aimée Tuyizere was feted at the institution’s graduation after emerging the best student from more than 400 graduates. The 23-year-old scooped a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Imagine, the chauvinistic males are busying combing the streets in search of jobs after graduating, but Tuyizere is now inundated with job offers!