MINEDUC & V/mayors meet to discuss effective TVET implementation

The Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya has urged Vice Mayors in charge of Social Affairs and district Education directors to develop strong ownership on all TVET policies in their respective districts.
Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya addressing vice mayors & district Education directors. .
This call was made during his opening remarks on Thursday in a meeting held by the Ministry of Education through WDA with all Vice Mayors in charge of Social Affairs and district Education directors; aimed at raising awareness on how to scale up implementation of all competency based curricula, as the 2017.academic year begins.
Some of the participants.
Minister Rwamukwaya said that effective sharing of the implementation strategy with all stakeholders would speed up necessary changes involved in the competency-based approach. This, according to him would enable Rwanda attain a status of knowledge based economy by 2020.
WDA in collaboration with different stakeholders have so far developed over 90 CBT curricula and organized trainings that are work oriented with emphasis on employable skills. The private sector plays a key role in identifying labour market demands.
This meeting organized for vice mayors and district Education directors focused on enabling them develop a clear understanding of the National Qualification Frameworks (NQF), Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework (RQTF), CBT and Competency Based Curricula, reaccreditation Process, and ToT plan in line of CBT implementation.
One of the district officers Desire Munyemana said that coordination in most public institutions is still a challenge and regarded this platform as a starting point to address existing challenges in the TVET system and the entire Education sector.
Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana also addressing participants.

According to the Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana, there is need for more investment in TVET and bringing different stakeholders on board. Gasana highlighted on this basing on existing challenges like lack of enough qualified trainers in CBT/CBA pedagogical skills, infrastructure, equipment, and training consumables.

Up to 2016, 4721 trainers in TVET have been trained on CBT/A within their respective fields of specialization including ICT, pedagogy, entrepreneurship and English language. In order to further enhance capacity building, the first technical teachers’ institute is expected to start operating in March 2017.

In this strategy, district local authorities are expected to give support in various activities including recommendation of TVET school mapping in collaboration with with the ministry of Education, issuing of school construction permits, close follow up on quality assurance and illegal opening of TVET schools, among other policy plans.

Vice mayors and district Education directors were also briefed about the TVET Management Information System developed by WDA that aims at providing information on policies, strategies and planning. The syatem was officially put in place in June 2015 to build the capacity and efficiency of TVET providers by effectively managing their institutions.

A lot is still needed in TVET implementation in terms of improved understanding of skills needed in economic sectors, improved coordination of TVET initiatives, attractiveness of TVET, improved employer engagement, sustainable innovative financing mechanism, among other responses.

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JMV Muhire (L) Head of curriculum development unit