MINEDUC inspection was conducted between August and September 2020 ahead of schools reopening.
Claudette Irere, the Minister of State in charge of ICT and TVET at MINEDUC has told IGIHE that the inspection was meant to assess schools’ readiness to accommodate students in adherence to instituted COVID-19 health guidelines.
“Many schools were affected following the lockdown that halted all activities. We decided to carry out an inspection to assess if the schools are ready or not," she explained.
Following the inspection, 20 schools were closed for failure to meet requirements for quality education.
“I cannot confirm that the schools allowed to continue meet requirements at 100% but other schools were found with gaps that cannot be tolerated especially related to quality education,” said Irere.
“We wanted to assess if school settings are ready to welcome students and respect COVID-19 preventive measures like washing hands, keeping social distancing among others. The inspection also took emphasis on courses, whereby we assessed if the workshops are well equipped, if teachers are qualified, trained enough and have necessary skills to educate students,” she said.
As Irere explained, the inspection informed the decision to close the 20 schools on grounds of complex hardships hindering quality education.
“We established many schools countrywide that should not be allowed to mislead students yet we identified existing problems. We decided to release the list so that parents and students can think on ways forward,” she noted.
The closed schools will be allowed to reopen after meeting requirements.
MINEDUC has announced that students who might continue studies at closed schools will not be allowed to sit for national exams.
School owners have been advised to consult MINEDUC for support to re-orient students to other schools.
Rwandans are also advised to identify if certain schools meet requirements before registering children. The list of closed schools is found on districts’ offices and MINEDUC website. Only 193 TVET schools have been allowed to educate students in the year 2020/2021. It will be revised every year and released before schools’ reopening.