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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:22/01/2020

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The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) of this 12th January, 2020 in synergy by ten radios and 1 Television (TV Isango star) focused on “How was the starting of academic year 2020?

The Ministry of Education in Rwanda, gave two weeks to national exam candidates from P6 and S3 to start academic year while the rest started on January 13th, 2020.

Private and public schools have set additional materials and increased school fees which bring confusion and destabilization among parents.

Key question in the talk show were:

- How is the regulation of schools in setting admission requirements?

- Why the rise of education cost in Rwanda?

Invitees:

Dr Irénée NDAYAMBAJE: Director General of Rwanda Education Board

Benjamin KAGERUKA:  National Inspector at Ministry of Education

Dr Irénée NDAYAMBAJE / REB said that the 2020 school opening which took place on 6th January 2020 for non-national examination candidates was normal in primary schools than secondary at 80%, except the problem of parents delaying for enrollment of their children in S1and S4 who had one additional week.

With regard to the request for excess school  fees and materials, Benjamin KAGERUKA form the Ministry of Education answered this question that in the investigation carried out by the ministry in public, almost 400 schools inspected, more than 80 of them have a bad connection between the parents' committee and school management.  

He added that there is a standard of school fees and other materials for public schools but the government is not able to regulate private schools because they set their own requirements according to parents’ agreement.

For national examination candidates who have not yet got their results, the invitees said that there is a case of cheating detected and all suspected student will have to sit for the next exams as the investigation is on track; which means that they have to stay home for the whole academic year 2020.

The audience reacted much on this issue via messages and phone calls especially parents. They complained that the worst thing is that they are obliged to buy those additional materials in school shops at a high price.

The director general of Rwanda Education Board said that they have more than one hundred (100) papers of admission requirements presented by parents complaining.  He assured parents that the ministry of education will regulate it.

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