Following a drive to improve teaching of science subjects in Rwandan schools, 2,000 schools have, so far, received science kits, since last year when the distribution process started.
The program is a partnership between the government and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC).
A science kit is a movable set of science laboratory facilities. The science kit can be used as an alternative in schools without a proper science laboratory.
Speaking to The New Times, the Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Charles Gahima, he said that the distribution was done in both public and private O – level schools.
“The kits have had a positive impact on the teaching of sciences,” said Gahima adding that they trained more than 2, 000 teachers on how to use the equipment.
“They are doing very well according to inspection reports.”
Until recently, most schools in Rwanda were teaching science subjects theoretically. Practical science examinations were first introduced during last year’s examinations.
In an interview yesterday, George Mugabe, a science teacher in Kayonza, who also underwent the training on how to use the kits said that the mobile laboratory, has so far helped him administer practical lessons.
“At first, students had fear for science apparatus. But since the acquisition of the kits, they have got used to the equipment.” said Mugabe. He is optimistic that his class will do well in this year’s final science practical examinations.
The procuring of the science kits cost €700, 000 (approx Rwf 597m). The funds were provided by BTC.