English in the modern world is not just a language. It is how the world does business; it is how the world shares ideas; in short, it is how the world communicates. We should see learning English, not as learning a language, but as learning a global communication skill.
The Rwandan Government recognizes this and through policies such as Rwanda Vision 2020 and the EDPRS II, seeks to improve opportunities for the next generation of Rwandans by improving the English language levels of all Rwandan children in education, ICT, business, trade, diplomacy and cultural exchanges across the region and beyond. For this to happen, the English language levels of Rwandan teachers must improve. As part of Rwandan Ministry of Education/REB’s strategy to improve the English language levels of all Rwandan teachers, all teachers in the primary and secondary schools in Rwanda are taking diagnostic test in English in February 2014. This test will result in teachers being given a working level of English and being set a target level to reach by the end of the academic year.
The diagnostic test will be repeated in September/October 2014 in order to measure improvement after language training by school based mentors.