- October 15, 2019
- Posted by: NDAGIJIMANA Etienne
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KIGALI, Tuesday 15th October 2019: The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and the Education Sector stakeholders conducted a Backward-Looking Joint Review of the Education sector 2018/2019.
The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Education Dr. Eugene MUTIMURA
The stakeholders who attended the meeting include key Development Partners, Sector Working Group (SWG), Civil Society, Private Sector, Heads and Directors of Education Institutions, and other partners from line Ministries including Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as well as the ministry of labour.
This forum was an opportunity to engage in policy dialogue and to ensure ownership, accountability and transparency of the NST 1, Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), implementation and monitoring progress.
While officially opening the meeting, Eugene Mutimura, the minister of education said that the meeting was an opportunity to engage in policy dialogue, to ensure ownership, accountability transparency of the sector priorities’ implementation as highlighted in Education Sector Strategic Plan & NST1 implementation and monitoring process.
“We are committed & request all partners to work with us to address existing gaps on skills development & stretches the need for a teacher per class to better control class, increase performance, reduce dropout and increase teachers’ competencies,” he said.
He said, for instance, that Out of 24,000 classrooms needed today countrywide, the government funding and World Bank project started construction of all these classrooms required to halt double shift and reduce long distance walked by our children.
The minister requested support of stakeholders to enhance teacher capacity at district level to allow improved implementation of assessment of exams from P.1- P5, and lower & upper secondary.
The discussions in the meeting focused on sector performance indicator matrix and progress against implementation of recommendation from forward-looking JRES 2019/2020, budget execution performance for 2018/2019 fiscal year.
They also include key outcomes from inspection and quality education enhancement awareness campaign 2019/2020 fiscal year, status of competency based training/competency based assessment implementation in TVET, updates of Rwanda Quality Basic Education for Human Capital Development financed by World Bank as well as STEM training and Centers of Excellence updates.
After discussions a number of recommendations were taken:
- MINEDUC and EDPs jointly implement January 2019 cabinet resolutions;
- The Ministry of Education to FINALISE AND submit school feeding draft policy and strategy to the cabinet for approval and rapidly implement it in collaboration with Development partners;
- MINEDUC, REB and EDPs to analyze costed plan for SNE/IE policy to identify and address gaps in funding and implementation and Continue to provide training and capacity development to teachers to improve their pedagogy for inclusive education and special education needs.
- REB/EDPs to strengthen Sexual and Reproductive health education both inside and outside the classroom, including the capacity development of teachers;
- MINEDUC to ensure mobilization of the Private Sector to support internship and apprenticeship for TVET promotion and their involvement in any curriculum design and revision;
- HEC and EDPs to enhance and support STEM in HLIs through Centers of Excellence to offer quality and relevant multi-disciplinary research, PG programs in STEM, curriculum transformation
- MINEDUC and REB to invite Development Partners to support and collaborate in the implementation of the World Bank project.
- Undertake a needs analysis of Sector Education Inspectors for their capacity and gaps for strengthened planning and training.
- MINEDUC, Affiliated agencies and EDPs To ensure collaboration in teacher training and capacity development to be strengthened to ensure synergies, to avoid overlap, and to ensure that training aligns with global best practice.
- Participants to BL JRES endorsed the GPE Grant application recommended the resubmission to GPE secretariat by 1st November 2019.
While closing the meeting, Dr.Isaac Munyakazi, the state minister in charge of primary and secondary schools, said that the primary focus will be on improving the in service teacher training and pre-service teacher training to ensure improved learning outcomes across all levels of Basic Education and reduce considerably repetition and dropout rates.
“We urge you that Quality Education Enhancement Awareness Campaign in our Schools continue in close collaboration with all Education stakeholders with a purpose that our schools are progressively raising their standards towards desired quality education we want and the needed support to schools are given,” he said.
He called upon all stakeholders to keep the collaboration and support both technically and financially in aligning national plans to the regional and international education standards.
“I encourage all stakeholders to keep engaging in the promotion of capacity building for teachers and their social welfare in order to enhance learning outcomes and document their best practices for scale up and this will allow the Ministry of Education to develop evidence based policies,” he added.