The WDA’s Department of curriculum development has concluded the alignment of several TVET curricula to the Rwanda Technical Qualification Framework (RTQF) which was officially introduced in June 2012.
The RTQF is seen as a milestone which will enable Rwanda to get international validation standards which facilitate the horizontal and vertical labour mobility in TVET training.
Trades aligned to the RTF in this workshop include ICT (Multimedia, networking, software & hardware development & trouble shooting), and Technical servicing (Automotive, Tailoring, welding, Art and Craft).
Participants included Industrial experts and trainers from the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centers (IPRCs), Technical Secondary Schools (TSSs) and Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) in the above trades.
According to WDA’s Head of Curriculum development unit Jean Marie Vianney Muhire, the alignment will help them to develop qualifications for the already identified occupations in different trades on the basis of the existing modules and to link them with levels of the RTQF.
It will be implemented within the Integrated TVET system that functions in a hierarchy of TVET institutions which include IPRCs, TSSs, and VTCs.
Callixte Gatete a trainer in Auto-Electricity at the IPRC-South believes that this exercise is a foundation to strengthening a competency based training aimed at producing TVET graduates who meet labour market standards.
The Rwanda Technical Qualification Framework was introduced along with 21 competency based curricula; all developed by WDA and its development partners.
The government looks forward to enrolling 60% of Primary leaving students in technical schools by 2017.
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