Euphrosine Muyizere, an upper secondary entrepreneurship (S4) teacher at Remera Rukoma School in rural Rwanda, becomes animated while discussing a new continuous assessment model that supports foundational learning.
“Now, we set questions that encourage critical thinking, that ask students to reflect on different scenarios and become problem-solvers, rather than just memorizing and parroting what I tell them.”
“Under the former methodology I would ask a theoretical question like ‘Define entrepreneurship, creativity or innovation.’ Now, I’ll set scenarios such as, ‘Jean Paul wants to start a baked goods business. Where can he get financing? What sort of challenges will he face? And how can he overcome them?”
To set practical assessments, Euphrosine Muyizere and her colleagues source questions from a bank of tasks created by government exam experts in CA-MIS – Rwanda’s new Comprehensive Assessment Management Information System.
The software application was introduced in 2022 by the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA) to support a curriculum overhaul. This process built upon the foundational work of the Rwanda Education Board (REB), Building Learning Foundations (BLF), and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), who initially began developing CA-MIS in 2018.
Their efforts, combined with those of Educate! and NESA from 2021, have been instrumental to the project’s progress.