Worries of quality education have been raised by parliamentarians as they queried continued employment of foreigners including teachers while many Rwandans remain jobless.
The concern was raised on Wednesday as parliamentarians discussed with four ministries having youth under their docket over programs aimed at enabling the youth to find or create jobs.
The four stakeholders include the Ministry of Youth and ICT, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Trade and Industry along with other institutions responsible for youth.
“I have a concern related to quality education. Some jobs need recruitment of foreigners to operate in Rwanda including hotels. Why aren’t such jobs offered to Rwandans. It is a matter of quality education,” said one parliamentarian.
“What is the quality of education of our vocational training schools? What is the capacity of their teachers? There are job opportunities but the problem is quality of education,” he added.
Talking on such concerns, the Minister of Education, Dr.Papias Musafiri Malimba said “Regarding the matter of quality education, I would like to consent with parliamentarians for raised concerns. Today a person can’t confirm that Rwanda has commendable quality education competing in the region or internationally.”
Minister Musafiri explained that education quality is a journey.
He said that entrepreneurship skills must be given much emphasis in Rwanda’s education since every course has the potential of creating a job.
“To fill the gap we need to reform teaching methodology and change perceptions, “said Minister Musafiri.
He explained that students should embrace the spirit of competitiveness so they can seek for opportunities beyond Rwanda’s borders.
Teaching methodology, offered courses, available classes, lecturers, competitiveness of students’ acquired knowledge locally or internationally, the way graduates undertake research among other criteria of United Nations Education Fund (UNESCO) are considered in gauging education standards.