The scores are IN!
After weeks of waiting, we just received the Rwanda National Examination results for both primary school and our first-ever secondary school Ordinary Level Examinations. It’s all good news!
Let’s begin with the Primary Leaving Exam: This year, 227,472 students participated in this examination across Rwanda. While 206,286 of them passed, 21,186 will be required to repeat the Primary Six level of school and attempt to pass the examination next year.
This year marked the fourth year in a row where Hope Haven’s students passed in the upper echelons of the entire nation! We sent 46 students to the national examination center for this test and all of them returned with the equivalent of Division One scores—the highest academic distinction!
We never take these types of high-level results for granted. We thank God that Hope Haven regularly ranks at the highest level academically and we will keep pressing into our calling to educate and disciple Christian world leaders and job creators!
This year was also the first opportunity we had to formally assess our secondary school students with standardized testing during their 9th grade national examination.
We were not disappointed!
According to the Rwandan Minister of Education, nearly 91% of primary students will continue into secondary school, while only 86% of 9th graders will be able to enter 10thgrade. Sadly, many of the students who failed will drop out at this level. Life will be a steeper uphill climb for them than for students who are able to complete their secondary school education.
Hope Haven is excited to announce that our 17 girls and 17 boys passed with flying colors! The government recently adjusted the nomenclature for the grading system. Instead of divisions, Rwanda now utilizes aggregate scores. The highest total aggregate for this level is 54, with six points as the highest possible score in each of nine compulsory subject areas. These subjects include English, Biology, Kinyarwanda, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, History, Entrepreneurialism and Geography.
Incredibly, one Hope Haven student, Fiston Muhire, received the highest possible score! His peers were not far behind. According to Fred Karangwa, Hope Haven’s Headmaster, “If we compare the old system versus the new system of grading, while analyzing the performance of our students, all Hope Haven learners passed in Division One and Two.” Fiston’s perfect score was followed by 32 other students who performed very well, landing in the equivalent to Division One. One Hope Haven student scored in the second highest category, which is still a satisfactory passing grade. Absolutely remarkable results!
Please join us in congratulating these amazing students! I also take this opportunity to encourage our teachers, and other teachers all around the world. Quality teachers are making a difference every single day in the lives of their learners. Each one of our administrators and support staff is making a significant contribution as well! Let’s not give up or grow weary in doing well. God is at work IN and THROUGH each one of these quality team members!
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
#WorldTeacherDay is this Wednesday! Which teacher will you encourage this week as we start another school year?