The platform dubbed Teacher Management and Information System (TMIS) was officially launched on 1st June 2021.
Developed by Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB) in collaboration with UNICEF, the TMIS, developed for Rwanda’s primary and secondary education, will support the monitoring of teachers’ licensing, appointments, placements, transfers, evaluations, promotions, and terminations as well as provide an accurate and timely overview of the teaching workforce in the country.
Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education at MINEDUC has observed that embracing technology in teachers’ management is of crucial relevance noting that they will stay closer to them to boost quality education.
“This constitutes a significant innovation in this space. The TMIS will provide us with a list of active teachers, which will help us with planning and budgeting,” he said.
“We thank UNICEF and the Mastercard Foundation who have taken a bold step forward to support the improvement of teacher management in Rwanda. The TMIS delivers a real solution to a problem that has been affecting the education sector for some time in our country,” added Twagirayezu.
The TMIS, which has recently been upgraded to ensure its alignment with the new teacher statute, can be accessed by more than 14 categories of users in the National Education System. These categories range from the Senior Management of the Rwanda Education Board to the teams in charge of teacher placements, incentives, and trainings, as well as the directors of education in all districts of Rwanda.
Commenting on the system, Julianna Lindsey, UNICEF Representative in Rwanda said: “This TMIS will ensure that the education system has state of the art technology to support the administration and management of teachers thereby increasing efficiency and performance.”
This holistic approach will provide the Rwanda education system with an opportunity to not only better understand its human capital allocation resources, but also to improve the quality of teaching by providing teachers with more time to focus on their students.
Rica Rwigamba, Rwanda Country Head at the Mastercard Foundation commended the partnership that yielded fruits to enhance efficient teachers’ management and subsequently boost quality education.
“Quality education has always been at the center of our interventions and the TMIS provides a more automated as well as robust back-end to the education system, which helps to improve the qualitative aspects of the teaching workforce,” he said.
To date, UNICEF has officially transitioned the TMIS to the Rwanda Education Board but will continue to provide technical support as required during the maintenance period which will end in December 2021 - later on, TMIS will be integrated with the broader Education Management Information System as part of the 2nd phase of the project. The Rwanda Education Board will soon provide professional licenses to teachers who have fulfilled their requirements, as per the teacher statute.
A teacher can access the system through provided website link www.education.rw/tmis/ , click ‘existing teacher’, nationality and fill identifications in provided table.
Then, she/he clicks to ‘check’ whereafter a specific table to be filled appears immediately.