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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:16/07/2020

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Rwanda’s Ministry of education has on 1st July 2020, officially announced the closure of the  University of Kibungo (UNIK) formerly Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Education of Kibungo (INATEK) over administrative challenges that have compromised the quality of education.

UNIK was followed by Christian university of Rwanda and Indangaburezi College of Education (ICE) for alleged administrative errors and poor quality of education. The official closure of these two private universities was announced on July 5, 2020.

“These universities had provisional licenses but failed to fulfill the requirements for them to be accredited. They have been closed and some of the owners arrested by Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB),” Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, minister of education announced on the state television on July 5, 2020.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru  “Club de la Presse” broadcasted  on  Sunday  12th July2020, in synergy by 10 radio stations  and one Television (TV Isango star), in all the provinces  of the country  focused on  “ The closure of some  private universities “

Invitees:

1. Dr Rose MUKANKOMEJE/ Executive Director High Education Council

2. Dr Callixte KABERA / Director of Council of Rectors of Private Higher Learning Institutions in Rwanda

3. Janvier NSHIMYUMUKIZA / Journalist

Dr.Rose Mukankomeje explained why they decided to close the universities, saying that it was based on the mismanagement of the founders of these universities that they did not pay the teachers and other workers, and that the money was invested in other things so that the students did not study properly.

She said that in their previous assessments they had consulted these universities whether UNIK, CHUR and ICE but these institutions didn’t change until HEC found it unbearable and decided to close these universities due to their unresolved problems

Dr. Mukankomeje said that after the closure of these Universities, the students will be relocated to other universities with same courses, which will help them find a way to continue their studies. However  she  added that students  have to pay for the tuition fees  that they had not paid for at the university where they were staying

For students who had been waiting for graduation HEC said that there will be assessment to check if courses they have studied are at the level of other universities ; if they find it okay students will be helped to finish their studies  but if not they will be obliged to start  in other universities.

Especially for the students who graduated from CHUR, Dr Mukankomeje said that HEC did not know, they are going to follow up and see why the 3rd and 1st year were started at the same time

Dr. Kabera highlighted the problems of universities based on limited resources, saying that the government should help them get out of these problems regardless of their independence because they are development partners of the country.

He argues that the quality of small-scale accusations is incorrect because many university lectures are also teaching at public universities

The journalist said that the education sector is not business as many people think. He highlighted the difficulties students face when the University is closed, citing examples of those who were studying in Gitwe University of Medecine in 2014 and still have no place to study, and pointed out the problem of universities falling into losses due to borrowing money  and taking it to projects other than education.

The audience participated in the talk show especially students and workers from closed universities.  They asked the government to help students find a place to continue their studies and workers to get their unpaid salaries.

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