The government is about to introduce courses in agronomy, veterinary medicine and nursing in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as part of plans to close the skills gap.
These new programs, the deployment of which is scheduled for the next academic year which begins in September this year, were announced by Prime Minister Ãdouard Ngirente.
The Prime Minister presented to parliament the actions of the government on the promotion of TVET schools and polytechnics.
“We realized there was a problem,” he said, revealing that the agronomist and vets are working on big projects and leaving small farming projects to advisers in the farming community, creating a gap .
By introducing these courses in TVET schools, the prime minister said, the country will create a critical mass of skilled workers who can reach more people in the communities.
Through this, he said they can then teach farmers basic skills in agriculture, veterinary medicine and nursing.
Member of Parliament Marie ThÃ©rÃ¨se Murekatete, the country has only two establishments that offer agro-veterinary courses.
Even they don’t have enough labs or equipment to facilitate student learning, she said.
In order to alleviate the nursing shortage, the prime minister said the government would introduce nursing courses in TVET secondary schools and they would graduate from high school.
There is a huge divide in the nursing industry which means nurses and community workers are overworked.
According to the Ministry of Health, at the end of June 2020, Rwanda had a total of 10,447 nurses working in private and public health establishments.
However, the ratio of nurses per population improved, from one nurse per 1,291 people in 2010 to one nurse per 1,198 in 2020.