Technical Exams Kick-Off

At least 21,935 candidates in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) yesterday began their 2017 national examinations.

The state minister in charge of technical, vocational education and training. Olivier Rwamukwaya yesterday launched the 2017 TVET national practical examinations at Saint Joseph integrated Polytechnic in Nyarugege district.

A total of 21, 935 students in Technical Secondary Schools (TSS) today sat for their 2017 TVET national practical examinations.

 Rwamukwaya said that his visit was aimed at assessing how candidates perceive the practical examination system.

 “I wanted to find out how students are doing the practical part of technical skills acquired. There is hope that in the near future, students who take technical education will be able to fit in the job market”, he said.

He noted that the national examination time is an important period in technical and vocational education as this is the time when all the learning and training that has been taking place year round is put to a harmonized advanced test of quality.

Rwamukwaya further said that the government of Rwanda wants all schools offering technical and vocational education to be equipped with the necessary facilities to enable students to perform well.

Mr. Irenee Nsengiyumva, the Deputy Director General in charge of training said that  TVET national practical examinations that commenced on September 20th to 29th and will be held in 119 Centers from 183 Schools across the country.

Nsengiyumva further 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.

Gatungye George, a student in the department of construction said that this is the set time when students are accorded an opportunity to competitively demonstrate the skills acquired.

“I believe practical exams help in making a choice regarding our future careers and also prepares us to be competent for our trade”.

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.

National examinations are administered at school level and supervised at national, provincial, districts as well as sector level.

Every student is examined by a panel of three examiners where he demonstrates the project work he did and is given oral interview or even asked to practically demonstrate in their technical field.

Students are given marks by individual examiners and then awarded a final average marks by the panel.