Rwanda: Thousands of youth to acquire technical skills 

Rwanda: Thousands of youth to acquire technical skills 

More than three thousand youth have been selected to join public polytechnic schools, to acquire technical skills that will enable them contribute to government’s goal to bridge skills gap for Rwanda’s economic development.

The government is currently committed to supporting programs that will improve human resource skills for the success of the second phase of the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2).

The exercise which started on June 24, the process attracted over five thousand applicants were selected for admission in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools across through out the country.

Students have been going to different polytechnics to pick their acceptance letters, which will enable them, apply for education loans.

Desire Gacinya, the acting deputy director-general in charge of higher education student loan department said that announcing when selected students to start applying for loans would be very soon.

“The announcement will contain a detailed procedure on how one can access the loan,” Gacinya said.

Students will take up various courses including Construction, tourism, electronic and mechanical engineering and ICT among others.

So far number of students enrolled in TVET schools has increased with time, going from 51,773 in 2010 to 83,909 in 2013, thus increasing the prevalence of technical skills available in the job market.

Rwanda targets to have 60 percent of students graduating from nine-year basic education (9YBE) enrolled into TVET system by 2017.

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