The Ministry of Education has explained that no foreign teacher has been removed from the government payroll as falsely circulated this morning that Ugandan teachers in Rwanda have all been sacked by the Ministry of Education.
In an interview with IGIHE, the Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB) Janvier Gasana has said the information false.
“We have too received such information this morning and astonished from where came the rumors because last year’s list of salaried teachers was not revised. You can’t find anyone removed from the list for being a foreigner. We don’t know the reason behind such rumors,” he said.
Gasana explained that ‘Such false news is circulated to tarnish partnership between states and their people. “That is not true. Nothing happened in connection with these rumours.You can prove it yourself if you ask Rwandan teachers.’
IGIHE has learnt that Ugandan teachers at Lycée de Kigali have refused working today morning disappointed over being dismissed. They, it was reported, felt dismayed wondering how Rwanda can sack them knowing it has good relations with Uganda.
They were comforted by the Headmaster of Lycée de Kigali where after employees from the Ministry of Education and REB visited the school and talked to the teachers who later continued with their work.
Lycée de Kigali has 16 Ugandan teachers including one who worked there for 17 years.
Last year, Rwanda had 62,650 teachers of whom 256 were Ugandans, 212 from Congo and 6 Kenyans.
IGIHE has learnt that the Ministry of Education is making a census of certified teachers which may have raised Ugandans’ worries of dismissal.
It said that teachers found with incompetent capacities after the census will be suspended regardless of their nationality.