Headteachers and Education officers across the country risk facing disciplinary measures for failure to implement policies towards quality education.
The Ministry of Education and its stakeholders have launched a quarterly national campaign to inspect performance which cuts across several areas.
Deteriorating cases leading to poor quality education have been visible across different schools in the country.
These include drug abuse, unwanted pregnancies; poor hygiene, head teachers’ irresponsibility and teachers’ absenteeism across, to mention but a few.
To deal with these issues, Education Ministry says the campaign launched today will be conducted in four phases.
The first phase runs until February 16, while the second will start in May and the third in September while the fourth phase will be conducted in early January and February next year.
Six hundred (600) schools in primary, secondary schools and general Technical and Vocational Training Schools in all Districts will be visited at a rate of 20 schools per District for 10 days.
“After the campaign, evaluation, analysis and ranking of schools based on a standard checklist and inspection criteria will be done,” Emile Ruberwa, head of Public Relations and Communication at Rwanda Education Board told KT Press.
Cases of school dropout among students have increased recently and Education Ministry wants the vice minimized.
For instance, School dropout rates in Secondary schools stood at 5.7%, 6.5% and 2.5% in primary, lower and upper secondary respectively as of 2015.
In addition, 17,444 teenagers were impregnated in 2016, forcing victims to drop out of school.
At different schools, students do not have access to hygiene such as access to laundry, among others.
When the inspecting team visited Karangazi Secondary School in Nyagatare district today, students’ clothes were found hanging in trees.
Elsewhere, Rwamukwaya Olivier – Minister of State in Charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training warned Sector Education officers in Muhanga district against poor inspection of school curriculum.
This was after he led a team that inspected several schools in the district.
In Rubavu district, Dr. Marie Christine Gasinzigwa, the director of science, technology and research at the Ministry of Education inspected a lunch session at Kanama Catholic School.
Most schools have been warned against poor hygiene especially in dining halls, kitchen and food stores.
The campaign, according to Education Ministry officials, is expected to progressively lead to the enhancement of the quality of education.
The aim is reducing school dropouts and class repetition rates, improving transition and completion rates; improving the quality of school management and leadership practices and rise pupils, trainees and students awareness of effects of drug consumption.
Another target is to improve school hygiene and sanitation and involving all education stakeholders.
The campaign is organized under the theme: “Good Learning Methods and Cultural Values are the Foundations of Quality Education.”
The second phase will be conducted in May this year, while the third and the last phase will be conducted in September and January and early February next year.