TVET schools told to speed up competency-based training approach

The Minister of State in charge of TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya on Tuesday called on trainers in TVET schools to fully use the existing competency based curricula to meet quality that meets labour market standards.
Minister Rwamukwaya (3rd left) accompanied by the Mayor of Nyarugenge district Kayisime Nzaramba (2nd left) touring a training construction site at St. Joseph Integrated Technical College in Nyamirambo.
The minister made the remarks during an official visit to some TVET schools around Kigali City. Rwamukwaya’s visit was in line with the ministry’s Program of checking progress made in the implementation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), especially quality leading to job creation.
Students training in land surveying
Schools visited are Saint Joseph Integrated Technical College (SJITC), Kigali Integrated College, Kigali Integrated College and Peace Integrated Polytechnic.
Another student in a construction technology lab.
In January 2017 the Ministry of Education through WDA rolled out a national exercise on full implementation of Competency Based Training (CBT) and Competency Based Assessment (CBA) approach in all TVET schools.
Minister of State for TVET Olivier Rwamukwaya visiting an ICT lab where students are practicing software development.
Competency-based learning in TVET is being encouraged in training assessment and grading, based on the capacity of students to demonstrate what they have learned and skills they are expected to learn progressively through their levels of Education.
Using the recommended curricula by the Ministry according to Minister Rwamukwaya will bring about the required change in increasing competencies of TVET graduates while on the labour market, a reason why all trainers have to use them (curricula).

While meeting both administrative and teaching staff, the minister also urged them to give students more chances of references in terms of modern text books, put emphasis on hands-on-training by extensively using training workshops and utilizing existing equipment for both training and income-generating activities.

TVET schools in general were also encouraged by the Minister to develop sustainable partnerships with the industry that will enable both industrial attachment and internship programs for students.

Putting more efforts in tripling the number of existing female students in TVET is also part of the packaged message the Minister delivered to school administrators.  This is where TVET features in support for the ‘He for She’ campaign, as more female students are encouraged to acquire technical skills, especially science related ones.