New guidelines to improve quality, delivery of teachers

Teachers in public and Government-subsidized schools have rights and obligations that should be respected, an Education official has said.
State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Theoneste Mutsidashyaka.
State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Theoneste Mutsidashyaka.

Teachers in public and Government-subsidized schools have rights and obligations that should be respected, an Education official has said.

The remarks were made by the Executive Secretary of Teacher’s Service Commission, Emma Rubagumya, during a one-day workshop at Hotel Novotel early this week.

The workshop was aimed at reviewing a draft on the presidential order establishing statutes governing teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools. "It’s a presidential decree that is meant to develop and manage teachers in order to have better service delivery," he said.

One of the proposals in the draft is that the recruitment of new teachers shall include a probation period of two years before one obtains a permanent status.

"Immediate supervisors will be required to evaluate and supervise the work performance of the new recruits and give a report to the district administration," Rubagumya added.

She said that not everything in the draft is new, although some of the existing articles were yet to be fully implemented by school administrators.

"The implementation of these articles will be more efficient with the existence of the Teacher Service Commission," said Rubagumya.

The Commission is responsible for teacher training, management and development programmes. Its aim is to improve on the delivery of quality primary and secondary school education in the country through the production of sufficient numbers of well qualified, highly motivated and competent local teaching staff.

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