So many changes have occurred in the education sector of recent - A shift from English to French, increased distribution of laptops, digitalisation of the curriculum, changes in the grading system and introduction of national practical exams. But the most shocking of them all, was the injecting of fresh blood to the leadership of the Education Ministry.
These changes may seem ordinary, but looking with an analytical eye, they are of great importance to the future of the country. Most of the changes have an element of research, which is one aspect that education has been lacking.
An increased use of computers or the introduction of practical exams pushes further the curiosity button that is common among students. Through this curiosity, there will be more in-depth research which will eventually lead to discoveries that will benefit the different sectors of the country.
Since a lot of available literature is published in English, the spread of the language among the education system will support the research initiatives that are being oriented
Unlike other countries, most Rwandan companies and organisations do not have research departments. This either makes them stagnant or mere duplicators of what similar companies in other countries are doing, yet the scenarios in which they operate differ.
Implanting research in the education system of today is an investment that will make the future generation more innovative and proactive, therefore increasing national, regional and international competiveness.
The new Minister of Education and his Minister of State have a challenging task ahead of them. The way they lead the implementation of these changes will be a parameter of measuring their success.