WDA launches practical exams for TVET students

The Ministry of Education through Workforce Development Authority has officially launched national practical examinations for 21,788 senior six students in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for 2018.
The exams are scheduled from 19th to 28th September and be held in 118 Centers from 184 Schools across the country.
The official launch was held at Kabutare TVET School and was presided over by Jerome GASANA, the Director General of WDA.
Practical exams are organized in an effort to assess the student’s competence and level of understanding of what they have been learning in TVET schools.
The candidates are being examined in different subjects including agriculture and livestock, general mechanics, motor vehicle mechanics, secretarial, hotel operations, tourism public works’, finance and banking, surveying, music, customs and tax operations among others
Gasana stressed that practical assessment prepares the TVET graduates to enter labor market with high competencies for performing well as the exams reflect what is needed by employers.

He said the practical exams initiative also encourages pre-final students to start preparing themselves for exams earlier.

“This year we want to put more efforts in increasing capacity for TVET schools that teach agriculture and animal resources .Therefore practical exams in this year were launched in schools that teach agriculture such as food processing, animal treatment, forestry so that they help the community to develop,” he said.

He said that since TVET schools started that there have been positive results since the graduates easily get jobs and are highly looked for by employers and private sector for employment.

“We want to work with private sector so that TVET schools deliver on what they are expected for  on labor market,” he noted.

Gasana mentioned that there is target that every TVET school should have an incubation center for putting in practice acquired skills and that they should also include financial literacy in teaching programs that allow entrepreneurship skills on labor market.

“In the beginning of next year, we will build 4 big incubation centers under the financial support from India in Huye, Rubavu, Nyarugenge and Nyagatare with all necessary equipment. We will also build more 14 TVET schools so as to increase number of students,” he noted.