25.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Rwanda advances in e-assessment in primary and secondary schools

Workshop on the e-assessment for the REB Personnel at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Remera Campus, Kigali. Copyright UNESCO 2018

UNESCO in cooperation with the Rwanda Education Board (REB) organized a two -day training on e-assessment at the Information Access Centre of the University of Rwanda from 18 to 19 June 2018. The aim of the training was to support and equip Rwanda Education Board personnel on the use of assessment involving the use of information and communication technologies.

This workshop was designed to orientate 20 personnel from the Rwanda Education Board on the e-assessment platform, its tools and provide feedback on the example questions that were generated to advance e-assessment. UNESCO provided technical support to develop a platform for e-assessment as well as 300 e-assessment questions covering six subjects, three primary school subjects (Mathematics, Elementary Science and Technology and English) and three secondary school subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Geography).

The support from UNESCO-Korean-Funds-in-Trust (KFIT) project comes as a result of policy documents that state Rwanda should move from paper-based assessment to electronic assessment in primary and secondary education, which should “focus on subject matter competencies and skills, as well as support in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Peer and Self-Assessment for Students, Scoring and Interpreting Student Performance and link it to Teaching.’

In addition to the development of the platform, 60 more teachers from 10 schools will be trained, and they will be supported to generate e-assessment tools

The training was officially opened by Ms Diane Sengati, Director of digital content & instructional technology development unit at REB, who expressed her gratitude to UNESCO for its support to enhance the capacity of pre- and in-service primary and secondary teachers to provide quality education through improving their skills to integrate ICT in education, and using electronic assessments.

Referring to the Pre-test and Post-test, participants found the workshop pertinent in terms of awareness of, and access to various different e-assessment tools, acquisition of new skills and quality of facilitation. One of the participants said “the training in general was very interesting, I learned different types of assessment and the strategies of assessment, at the end of the training I am capable of creating my own quiz online, and I think I will continue using this platform in order to increase my understanding on e-assessment”. Another one highlighted “the training was very informative and interesting. Assessment is made easy by using digital tools”. The workshop brought together 17 REB personnel from Teaching and Learning Resources Department, Teacher Development and Management and Career Guidance and Counseling Department, Examination, Selection and Assessment Department and as well as ICT in Education Department.

Overall, the objectives of the training were fully achieved and the outcome will assist the planning for the e-assessment pilot focused on providing teachers with skills to develop and use e-assessment tools.

These activities are part of the ICT Transforming Education in Africa project (2016-2018), that intends to support the integration of ICT-based innovative approaches for education in Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. It is a developed within the framework of cooperation between UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Korea Funds-In-Trust initiative and was launched at the 2015 World Education Forum, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The project is aligned with the Education 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 4 on Education, the Global Education First Initiative, and the Qingdao Declaration on ICT and Education.

Additional Information

ICT in Education Policy

Rwanda 2020

 




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