The Ministry of Education has suspended various courses at 10 higher learning institutions and universities operating in Rwanda following a forensic audit that found them with incomplete requirements.
The Executive Director of Higher Education Council, Dr. Mugisha Sebasaza Innocent has explained that the suspension is meant to overhaul higher learning institutions and get universities focus and stick to what they were licensed to teach.
“A total of 10 schools received first communication and each given six months to rectify the errors. Let’s make it clear, we did not close schools. Suspending a course, an institution or program is granted by law to the Ministry of Education,” he said.
Dr Sebasaza explained that no school can be allowed to launch activities in Rwanda without meeting requirements. However what follows is to make an audit establishing whether commitments are respected.
“In some cases contracts of competent lecturers expire and not extended.They however replace them with others with lower academic status.On the other hand you find a laboratory with inadequate equipment compared to the number of students.The other concern is how schools are run between management and owners,” he said.
The Minister of Education Dr Musafiri Papias Malimba said that carrying out audits after licensing schools is a continuous process.
“The first step is that a school applying for license presents its programs, structural set-up, academic staff and implementation agenda. The rest is to make an audit to gauge whether commitments are respected,” he said.
“If the first step fails to bear fruit through discussions, the second is suspending the services until standards are observed. Musafiri explained that when the situation is not normalized within six months of warning, the license is rescinded.
Students promised support
The Minister explained that suspending courses is in line with protecting quality of education among Rwandans.
“Students are the most affected. But this has been done for their sake. Better to be patient other than obtaining a useless degree. Otherwise those who will be able to return when the schools reopen will witness remarkable reforms,” he said.
“As the Ministry of Education we promise support to those who need to be transferred to other schools to continue their courses,” he added.
Closed higher learning institutes and universities:
Rusizi International University operating in Rusizi district
SinghadTehcnical Education Society (STES) in Kicukiro district
Mahatma Ghandi University-Rwanda inGasabo district
Nile Source polythechnic of applied arts operating in Huye district
Schools whose courses have been provisionally suspended
University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB) based inGicumbi district
Open University of Tanzania based in Ngoma district
University of GitweinRuhango district
JomoKetta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kicukiro
InstitutCatholique de Kabgayi (ICK) in Muhanga district
Institut d’EnseignementSuperieur de Ruhengeri (INES-Ruhengeri) in Musanze district