Head teachers’ umbrella launched to improve education quality

L-R: The head master of Lycée de Kigali, Martin Masabo (left), chats with Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, and Regis Rugemanshuro, the CEO of BK TecHouse, after the launch of a head teachers body in Kigali yesterday./The New Times.

Rwanda’s ministry of education yesterday launched Heads of Schools Organisation (HOSO)-Rwanda that is expected to deliver quality education in the country.

Head teachers urged to maintain leadership principles and promote good governance when offering quality education and equip learners with skills needed to build a knowledge-based economy.

The remarks were made by Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education while officially launching the (HOSO)-Rwanda.

Fr Innocent Gatete, the chairman of organisation’s advisory council told The New Times that the platform will boost education quality and standards through a competitive school leadership and management framework.

The organization will engage in capacity building, leadership and governance and management training, organise study tours and promote the culture of sharing experiences among schools according to Gatete.

Munyakazi blamed some head teachers for bad leadership, which, he said, leads to poor performance, unwanted pregnancies, a high dropout rate, repetition of classes, as well as students’ absence.

“Heads of schools are key stakeholders in ensuring effective implementation of education policies, strategies, programmes and initiatives,” Munyakazi said.

He added that improving student outcomes as defined in the new Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) is a combination of factors; and that experience has shown that improving quality education requires the headmaster to think and act beyond the school environment.

HOSO will help Ministry to build both individual and institutional capacities of member schools by establishing and monitoring school governance and accountability structures according to Munyakazi.

He said that competitive education sector will push Rwanda to its long-term aspirations like achieving a knowledge-based economy as it was established in Vision 2020 and beyond.

Munyakazi further noted that Rwanda’s future lies in the hands of the educators who are tasked with delivering quality education to young people who will drive the economy.

The new body is expected to bring together over 8,000 head teachers from pre-primary, primary, secondary and Technical and Vocational Training and Education (TVET) schools.

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