The Rwanda National Examination Council (RNEC) has adopted a GBP164,000 (approx. Frw176 million) computer software programme for examination management system. The new software 'Faim' replaces the out-of-use Microsoft Excel and Access Applications that have been difficult to use, RNEC Executive Secretary John Rutayisire has said.

He is optimistic that 'Faim' will bring effectiveness in registration and grading marks of national examination candidates. "We have adopted Fiam computer software to minimise faults or if possible get rid of them within the registration process for candidates," he said. In the past, some students complained that their names were omitted on the final candidates' list.

Last year the anomaly saw over 1700 students going to schools or undertaking subjects that they did not prefer. "But with this new verification system we shall be able to accurately allocate students to schools and courses that are in line with what they will have indicated while making choice," he said.

The new software will also be used in selecting the best among top candidates with the same marks. "We have been experiencing difficulties in selecting the best candidate in case several students obtain the same marks. But with 'Faim', the process is going to be easy since it suggests different means to use," said Rutayisire.

New Times