Over 20,000 Students to Sit for Practical Technical Exams

A total of 21, 935 in the technical secondary schools (TSS) will sit the 2017 for the 2017 TVET national practical examinations, due to kick off Wednesday September 20, Workforce Development Authority (WDA) said. WDA has said in a statement that the TVET national practical examinations will commence on September 20th to 29th and be held in 119 Centers from 183 Schools across the country.
Practical exams are organised by WDA in an effort to assess the student’s level of understanding of what they have been learning in TVET schools
Rose Mukantabana, the senior examination and certification officer at WDA said that candidates will be examined in 25 subjects including general mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics, secretarial, hotel operations, tourism public works’, finance and banking, surveying, music, customs and tax operations among others.
Dr. Barnabe Twabagira, the principal of the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center – South said the examination schedule is balanced and examinations are student-friendly, and well thought-out. “I had a look at the schedule and found that it was a well-balanced, I just wish all students the best of luck. They have been working all year towards these exams so they should believe in themselves and keep their cool,” Twabagira said.
In 2016 national practical exams were done in 113 centers and 23,942 candidates registered from 168 schools; among them 10,656 females (46.7%) and 13,286 males (53.3%). Established in 2009, WDA is in charge of regulating, promoting and guiding the implementation of TVET system, which covers vocational schools, technical schools and polytechnics.
The Rwandan government embarked on promoting the TVET system to ensure that students are equipped with hands-on skills early in their academic journey so as to produce 200.000 off farm jobs annually by 2020.