The Ministry of Education has suspended the operations of private coaching centers in the country, until they fulfill the necessary education requirements. State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Mathias Harebamungu, said the decision aims at safeguarding the education quality which was on the verge of compromising academic standards.
The decision of imposing temporary suspension on the private coaching centers came barely two weeks after the Rwanda Education Board REB cancelled results of 574 private candidates that sat for final senior six examinations last year.
Dr. Mathias Harebamungu said this move aims at safeguarding the quality of education which has since been compromised by in adequate curricular of these centers, and thus the ministry has been compelled to suspending temporarily the operations of these centers.
“This is just aligning people with good education system so as to safeguard the quality of education. Sometimes you find people in senior two or four and suddenly jumping into senior six, this demoralizes the quality of our education as well as the future of this person; we have therefore ordered them to stop and meet REB officials to discuss how they can have the all requirements” he said.
Inspite the suspension, some of candidates who have gone through these centers have managed to pass their exams. Such centers are scattered all over the country in each of the thirty districts
However, the underlying question was about the fate of candidates who are still pursuing their studies in these centers. Minister Harebamungu said in conjunction with Rwanda Education Board strategies are under way to see how to tackle this issue.
“With REB we have established mechanism to follow up on every private candidate, and we won’t allow any person with the age of still being at school because doing so will be just compromising the quality of education” he stated.
Currently there is no accurate number of private candidates in the Country and Dr. Harebamungu added that this decision will not affect other centers that coach people in languages.
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