The programme making the kits available to schools results from partnership between the Rwandan government and the Belgian Technical Cooperation.
The science kit is a movable set of science laboratory facilities which can be used as an alternative in schools without a proper laboratory.
Speaking on the development, Charles Gahima, the director of the National Curriculum Development Centre in Rwanda said that distribution of the kits was done in both public and private O-level schools.
“The kits have had a positive impact on the teaching of sciences. As a result we had also trained over 2,000 teachers on how to use the equipment and feedback showed they are doing very well,” Gahima said.
Until recently most schools in Rwanda were teaching science subjects theoretically. Practical science examinations were first introduced in 2010. Science teachers who benefited from the training said that it had helped in administering practical lessons.
“At first students had fear for the science apparatus. But since the acquisition of the kits all that is changing,” said George Mugabe, one of the trained teacher.