By Elias Hakizimana.
At least 31 schools will be audited and investigated for misappropriation of government resources while 108 schools will not open by next term starting in January 2019 until they fulfill all inspection requirements following an audit by the ministry of education that revealed that there are still lingering issues affecting the quality of teaching and learning in education.
After various consultations, the ministry will sanction 118 staff whereby 48 school staff twill be warned, 13 staff to be reprimanded, 4 staff who were promoted will see their promotions delayed, 31 staff to be suspended for 3 months, 22 staff to be dismissed.
During the phase three of the campaign from 10th to 21st September 2019 in 899 schools country wide, various decisions were taken in order to improve teaching and learning of pupils and students based on revealed issues after the assessment according to the released statement by education ministry.
The assessment focused on school drop-out, repetition rates, school leadership and management, teaching and learning assessments, school hygiene and sanitation, use of ICT in teaching and learning.
The ministry says that while a lot has been achieved over the last years in the education sector such as improved access to nine years basic education (9YBE) and twelve years basic education ( 12YBE) as well as access to TVET and higher education, there are still lingering issues in quality of teaching and learning in education.
The ministry of education with the ministry of local government and its stakeholders carried out a country-wide ‘ Quality Education Awareness Campaigns’ on a quarterly basis in February, May and September 2018.
The objective of the campaign is to reinforce awareness of issues affecting quality of education so that district education officers, sector education officers, head teachers and all education stakeholders collaborate to mitigate these issues that impede improved teaching and learning.
Also the ranking of schools based on parameters such as school drop-out, repetition rates, school leadership and management, teaching and learning assessments, school hygiene and sanitation, use of ICT in teaching and learning is important because of various reasons.
The reasons include assessing and monitoring progress of schools,recognizing best performing schools, an opportunity for schools ranked low to improve by emulating the best performing ones, encouraging spirit of excellence, rewarding the best.
Those with consistent high rank will be provided with incentives as the those ranked at a low scale will be sanctioned.
The decisions and ranking were based on sampled visited schools but others will be visited as the intention is to visit all schools.
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