The Ministry of Education through Rwanda Education Board (REB) in Collaboration with UNICEF Rwanda and UNESCO are looking into ways how they can put in place systems to improve and monitor learning.
This comes following a discovery that the lack of these systems, particularly in basic literacy is a challenge to improving quality (ESSP 2010-2015).
REB has now undertaken action to assess the level of learning in Priamry three.
The objective was to embed the approaches and techniques of Monitoring Learning Achievement into the school and education system in order to establish a strong basis for monitoring Learning Achievement.
These consist of assessing the learners’ skills at a given grade or age which helps to evaluate and improve the quality of education and the policy of education system.
It is meant to depict the weaknesses of education system if any and make recommendations to policy makers to take necessary action. To avail database on learning outcomes for the Ministry of Education
According to Ministry, for Education system to work systematically towards the achievement of MDGs, EFA Goals, Vision 2020, decision making must be based on accurate information.
The focus for this initiative will be based at the lower primary school level because it is the foundation of formal schooling.
There is also evidence that children who do not learn basic competencies such numeracy, literacy and life skills at an early age, never really learn them and those who learn them and master them, learn them for life.
An efficient monitoring system will enable the Ministry of Education to know the country is in terms of achieving set education objectives and take remedial action accordingly.