Teacher Management and Information System Launched to Support more Efficient Management and Development of the Teaching Workforce
The Ministry of Education in partnership with UNICEF and the Mastercard Foundation, today announced the launch of an innovative Teacher Management and Information System (TMIS) designed to enhance the management of the teaching workforce and collection of administrative data on the teaching cohort. The TMIS, developed for Rwanda’s primary and secondary education, will support the monitoring of teachers’ licensing, appointments, placements, transfers, evaluations, promotions, and terminations as well as provide an accurate and timely overview of the teaching workforce in the country.
“This constitutes a significant innovation in this space. The TMIS will provide us with a list of active teachers, which will help us with planning and budgeting,” said Gaspard Twagirayezu, Minister of State in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education “We thank UNICEF and the Mastercard Foundation who have taken a bold step forward to support the improvement of teacher management in Rwanda. The TMIS delivers a real solution to a problem that has been affecting the education sector for some time in our country.”
The TMIS, which has recently been upgraded to ensure its alignment with the new teacher statute, can be accessed by more than 14 categories of users in the National Education System. These categories range from the Senior Management of the Rwanda Education Board to the teams in charge of teacher placements, incentives, and trainings, as well as the directors of education in all districts of Rwanda.
“This TMIS will ensure that the education system has state of the art technology to support the administration and management of teachers thereby increasing efficiency and performance”, said Ms. Julianna Lindsey, UNICEF Representative in Rwanda.
This holistic approach will provide the Rwanda education system with an opportunity to not only better understand its human capital allocation resources, but also to improve the quality of teaching by providing teachers with more time to focus on their students.
“Quality education has always been at the center of our interventions and the TMIS provides a more automated as well as robust back-end to the education system, which helps to improve the qualitative aspects of the teaching workforce,” says Rica Rwigamba, Rwanda Country Head at the Mastercard Foundation. “
To date, UNICEF has officially transitioned the TMIS to the Rwanda Education Board but will continue to provide technical support as required during the maintenance period which will end in December 2021 - later on, TMIS will be integrated with the broader Education Management Information System as part of the 2nd phase of the project. The Rwanda Education Board will soon provide professional licenses to teachers who have fulfilled their requirements, as per the teacher statute.
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For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Rwanda, visit www.unicef.org/rwanda.
About the Mastercard Foundation
The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to enable young people in Africa and in Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was created by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organization with its own Board of Directors and management.
For more information on the Foundation, please visit: www.mastercardfdn.org