The Rwandan TVET aims, not only, to be high quality itself, but also, to be relevant to labour market demands through systematic management. This requires a holistic, rigorous and effective approach to regulate TVET quality. TVET is to be ensured with more than minimum standards. TVET is to be continuously and professionally improved in quality. TVET is to be systematically guided by up-to-date practical quality standards. TVET is to be regularly and objectively monitored and evaluated against the standards. In order to do so, a TVET quality management system is to be developed and introduced.
TVET pursues a clear output to produce competent graduates with employability in the international, regional and local labour markets to spearhead economic and social transformation. The output requests, not only, quality inputs, but also quality process in TVET. In other words, competent graduates can be produced when appropriate TVET inputs, such as physical facilities, learning equipment and materials, human resources, financial resources and trainees, and TVET process, including instructional leadership, teaching and learning services, human resource management, financial management, welfare management, administration and cooperative partnership with various stakeholders, are ensured in quality. This suggests to manage TVET input and process in order to ensure qualified TVET output.
This TVET quality management system is a holistic process organised, implemented, coordinated, harmonised and supervised by WDA to regulate and improve TVET quality in public and private TVET institutions. This has objectives to regulate both inputs and process in TVET to develop competent graduates. To do so, this system consists of the following components: Quality Standards, Quality Audit, Accreditation and Quality Assurance. TVET inputs and process are to be guided and regulated through Quality Standards. Against the standards, TVET inputs and process are to be regularly and objectively inspected through Quality Audit. Based on the inspection, TVET inputs are to be ensured in quality through Accreditation. Also, TVET process are to be effectively and continuously improved through Quality Assurance.
The components in the TVET quality management system are highly interlinked and collaborative. In other words, the system can guarantee its effects only when all of the components are properly operational. Thus, each component is to be elaborated and professionally and furtherly developed.