Rwanda Education Board (REB) has announced a revised program of training teachers to teach in English following the expiry of contracts of mentors, explaining that duties formerly exercised by mentors will now be responsibility of focal English teachers available at every school.
REB has been training teachers in English language since 2009 when it adopted the policy of using English as a medium of instruction in schools.
NZITABAKUZE Claudien, the Head of Teacher Development and Management (TDM) at REB has told IGIHE that hiring the services of mentors from outside bore fruits which is reflected in improved English usage in schools.
He however pointed out failure to expand mentorship program to all schools over shortage of manpower and irregularity of their services at schools where they were assigned.
He said that some mentors from Uganda and Kenya were hit hard by life in rural areas forcing them to return home earlier before ending their contracts. He explained that each of the more than 2600 schools in the country have a teacher who will help colleagues and will be supported with pedagogical materials including laptops.
REB had hired 1000 teachers countrywide to polish English skills of teachers a majority of who came from Uganda and Kenya where one teacher was assigned to train teachers from two public schools.
The annual budget for paying mentors was about Rwf 4 billion until their suspension in August 2015.