School managers briefed on CBT/CBA full enrolment plan

School managers from technical secondary schools and vocational training centers were on Tuesday briefed about the new plan to fully enroll the competency based Training (CBT) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA) approach in all TVET schools by January 2017. This was during a meeting presided over by the Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya, held at Hill Top Hotel.
Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya addressing school managers.
This comes after different pilot surveys carried out in few TVET schools, driven by the need to align all existing training curricula with the Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework (RTQF).
Some of the school managers who attended the meeting
The Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya called on school managers to fully support the implementation of this new development. Rwamukwaya also told managers to further promote the teaching of Rwandan cultural values and hygiene to students besides academic training.
According to Jean Marie Vianney Muhire WDA’s Senior Officer in Charge of curriculum development, around 98 competency-based curricula for different trades have so far been developed in collaboration with different stakeholders. There have been 22 options of training in TVET, which have now increased to 37 in various specializations, targeting demand on the labour market.

Muhire further said that the role out of this new program brings some changes, as TSSs and VTCs will be regarded as levels of training. For instance, current senior 4 level will now be known as level 3 under the Rwanda TVET Qualification Framework.

The said curricula present a coherent and significant set of competences to acquire in order to perform in different trades. The curriculum design approach has also taken into account the training needs, the work situation, as well as the goals and the means to implement training.

Modules in the CBT/CBA curricula described in this meeting include a description of the expected results at the end of training. They have a direct influence on the choice of the theoretical and practical learning activities. The competences are the targets of training and acquisition of each is required for certification.

Under CBT/CBA, industrial attachment is supervised by TVET institutions to enable students attached to industries acquire practical skills in their occupational areas and help them acquaint themselves with how new technologies, machines and equipment they read about in textbooks function.