DTP students share experiences about Distance Education

In its quest to ease access to education, the University of Rwanda- College of Education established the Distance Training programme (DTP). The programme is meant to relieve the shortage of qualified secondary school teachers so as to complement to the Government of Rwanda’s development goal of achieving Universal Basic Education for all the children by 2020.

DTP programme is designed in a way that in-service secondary teachers are given an opportunity to upgrade their education level and gain professional teaching skills. At the end of the programme, they are awarded Diploma in Education in various subjects they teach.

Speaking during Face to Face session, Miss Bajeneza Marie Therese, a level II student in History-Geography Education, said that DTP programme came when it was much needed because she has acquired deep understanding of the subject she teaches mainly in as far as teaching methodology is concerned. She however called on the University to extend the programme up to the Bachelor level.

“I certainly want to extend my teaching career to the next level and for this to happen, we inquire the University to introduce a bachelor’s degree within the same programme,” she noted.

Nshimiyimana Bonaventure, the class representative in level I Biology-Chemistry Education, hailed the quality that the programme offers. According to him, DTP dictates that students demonstrate discipline and harness a well-focused spirit for them to exhaust the curriculum in due time. He added that the programme is cost friendly as they only pay for modules and registration while the tuition is covered by the Government.

So far the College of Education has established ten Distance Training Centers including four Face to Face Regional Training Centers and six Provincial Training Centers across the country. The programme offers Diploma in Education in the subjects of Biology and Chemistry/ Mathematics and Chemistry/ Mathematics and Computer Sciences/ Mathematics and Physic/ English and French/ English and Kinyarwanda/ English and Kiswahili/ Entrepreneurship/ Geography and History (Upper Basic). The main objective for Distance Learning is to provide accredited open learning programmes, to develop academic and professional skills of unqualified secondary school teachers using new technologies and distance learning methods.

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