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Towards the establishment of a vocational education policy and the reorganization of the graduate school


Jun 12, 2021

BUJUMBURA June 12th (ABP) – Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye chaired the Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday June 9, 2021 in Gitega. The Cabinet recommends to the Ministry in charge of National Education and Scientific Research to prepare a vocational education policy with a view to its adoption.

And this will allow the implementation of the government’s objective of training people who are able to take charge of themselves at the end of their studies with the putting into practice of what they have learned. This is disclosed in the press release signed by the Secretary General of State and government spokesperson, Mr. Prosper Ntahorwamiye.

During the analysis of the draft decree on the missions, organization and functioning of the national commission for basic and post-basic education at the Cabinet Meeting, the minister responsible national education specified that the main mission of the said commission is to face the challenges of the Burundi education system at the basic and post-basic levels.

In addition, it is specified that with the abolition of the general inspectorate of education, and technical and vocational training, the innovation is to transfer the various missions devolved to it to that commission.

At the end of the analysis, the bill was passed with, among other things, recommendations to remove the conditionalities for appointment by decree, to include a representative of the ministry in charge of the public service in the commission, to specify the origin of the chairperson of the commission and place the head office of the commission in Gitega.

The Cabinet also analyzed the draft decree establishing and organizing the graduate school in Burundi.

According to that press release, the implementation of the decree of January 2015 establishing and organizing the graduate school in Burundi is facing several challenges that hamper its functioning.

                                                                          View of the members of the government at the Meeting

This mainly concerns the dysfunction of the educational and scientific council and the insufficiency of high-level human resources to participate in the management of the graduate school.

It is also specified that the educational and educational council is not in a position to carry out its mission because, in view of the decree which organizes this school, that council should include 219 members, a workforce difficult to assemble and manage correctly.

The draft decree under analysis proposes that the council be composed of 11 members representing stakeholders directly interested in the activities of the graduate school.

Regarding human resources, the decree in force provides for a single position for the management of the graduate school, and this responsibility is enormous for a teacher who delivers the courses, who does research and who takes care of other activities in the community service.

The bill proposes that there be one or more assistants to assist the director. It is also reported in the press release that given the requirements at the level of the functioning of a graduate school willing to welcome any student who wishes and who meets the conditions, the bill proposes the payment of training costs by nationals and the foreigners.

After the debate, the bill was passed with the recommendation to prioritize those profiles that the State needs much more than others.

Planning will also need to be carried out in order to allow the State to support the graduate school by providing it with the means for its operation as and when they become available.