TVET practical skills: four TVET schools have received teaching equipment worth
The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has handed over building teaching equipment worth Rwf141 million to TVET to four Technical schools.
The equipments which were handed over at the commencing of the TVET practical exams on September 18 included theodolites, precision instruments used in construction to measure angles in the horizontal and vertical planes.
The benefiting schools are ETO Nyamata, St Peter Kimbogo, ETO Gatumba in Ngororero District and Gakoni Polytechnic in Gatsibo District.
According to the Deputy Director General of WDA, Irené Nsengiyumva, the equipment which will help in the teaching of the construction studies, was donated by a donor from England’s Portsmouth University.
WDA has over 293 technical secondary schools and vocational training centres spread countrywide as well as two integrated polytechnics regional centers (IPRC) in Kicukiro and Huye districts. But their performance is most times marred by lack of teaching equipment.
Meanwhile technical exams for TVET schools have also kicked-off around the country. Over 17,426 candidates countrywide will sit for the two-week exams.
They are set to be examined in 20 subjects including accounting, agriculture, building and construction, electronics and telecommunication, mechanics, among others.
Officially launching the exams at Saint Joseph Integrated Technical College, Nyamirambo in Kigali City, the State Minster for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Mathias Harebamungu, reiterated that the government’s focus is to enhance job creation through TVET.
“We have come here to see how technical students have planned their projects and defend them in practical exams. We want to focus on practical issues instead of theory and ensure that Rwandans become job creators other than job seekers,” said the minister.
The TVET practical exams which are the second the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has organized are being done from 91 exam centers across the country.
WDA took over this responsibility from the former National Examination Council in 2011, It is also the second time in history that Rwanda has held TVET practical exams.
Practical exams are one of the tools put in place by WDA to ensure that a quality TVET is taught in Rwanda.
Candidates who are sitting for practical exams this September will sit for national theory exams in November and their results shall be published in early 2013.