For Rwanda, all e-learning courses to be taken in person

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Rwanda’s education ministry ordering schools to resume classes taught online during shutdown could help contain rising inequalities in education, educators say. Educational institutions in Rwanda reopened on August 2 for a third term after the government lifted the 15-day lockdown on the capital Kigali and eight other districts. Despite the investment by the government, its partners and individual private schools in digital resources to continue teaching online during the 10-month shutdown, no school that has followed the national curriculum has been allowed to consider this. as an alternative to physical learning, nor charge tuition.

In fact, when physical learning resumed in November of last year, all schools were subject to a first term repetition that was almost complete by the time they closed. after audits by the country’s Higher Education Council highlighted the lack of ICT tools, internet connectivity issues and poor training of learners and teachers. Only schools following international study programs have been allowed to continue their learning and teaching under strict adherence to pandemic health protocols. The Covid-19 affected almost all schoolchildren equally, but those in local programs suffered more.

Learners in international programs are largely digital and parents were ready to help them embrace virtual learning, ”said Josephine Nazziwa, a teacher at a private school based in Kigali. Trick to keep students busy “It seems that the majority of stakeholders follow the national curriculum could not afford online learning, all online learning activities were seen as a way to keep students busy until the reopening of physical learning.

“Despite the efforts and investments of the government and its partners to ensure the continuity of learning during school closures, reports suggest that many children have been excluded from distance learning programs because they did not no access to devices such as radio, television, Internet and other portals used to send information on learning modalities and to deliver actual education. Disadvantaged families were less able to support out-of-school learning due to limited time and lack of learning materials.

The disparity created by this could lead to lower education levels in the long run, including lower graduation completion at higher education levels, according to the 2020 Rwanda Economic Update report released by the World Bank in January. Education Ministry officials admit that there is still a long way to go to increase access to online learning hampered by limited ownership of radio, television, internet and internet. other devices. According to a recent World Bank report, at least 3.5 million children in school in Rwanda were out of school due to restrictions imposed by the ministry says special measures, including remedial classes and sessions. government to contain the pandemic.

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