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New Education Minister Vows to Tackle Challenges in Sector

As the government of Rwanda seeks to scale up the quality of education and skills obtained by young graduates in the education sector, the new Minister for Education, Valentine Uwamariya, declared Friday, that with teamwork, transparency and accountability, the quality of education will become better.

Uwamariya remarks came during a handover ceremony from the outgoing minister, Eugene Mutimura, who assumed the position in December 2017. Uwamariya was named Minister of Education on Wednesday, Feb. 26, following a minor cabinet reshuffle by President Paul Kagame, The New Times reported

The reshuffle also saw the creation of minister of state in the Ministry of Education in Charge of ICT and TVET Education, with Claudette Irere assigned to the task.

Uwamariya congratulated the outgoing minister for the work accomplished and promised that her team will work even harder because a lot is expected of them.

“The outgoing minister and his team, which I was also part of, has done a lot,” she said. “With this background, I believe that we have no excuse or obstacle that stops us from taking the education sector to a higher level.”

Additionally, the new minister urged her team to work towards addressing the existing challenges in the sector. She argued that one of the new leadership’s immediate challenges is to find solutions to issues that have been raised by the public.

“As you all know, this ministry has been receiving many concerns from the public. Even though some of them are not realistic, there is a need to consider each of them because these are problems that are on the ground,” she pointed out. “We have all it takes, ranging from a youthful team, to this foundation laid by the outgoing team. With strong teamwork and prioritizing the quality of education obtained by our children, I believe that we will contribute to the socio-development of this country.”

Mutimura, the former education minister, was appointed as the Head of Science and Technology Commission in the same reshuffle.

Gaspard Twagirayezu was appointed minister of state in charge of primary and secondary education, replacing Isaac Munyakazi, who resigned recently following corruption-related charges.

The reshuffle also saw the creation of a state minister in the ministry of education in charge of ICT and TVET education, to which Claudette Irere was appointed.

Promising that TVET graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to cope with the current job market, Irere said, “I believe that based on my experience from the ICT field, there is a lot I look forward to share with young TVET students, and I am confident it will contribute to the quality of education in general.”

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