The High Education Council (HEC) has said that University of Rwanda’s (UR) decision to restructure and merging of some colleges was not done in tandem with acceptable legal procedures.
Restructuring and merging of colleges decision was announced this week and the university management said that they would take effect at the beginning of the new academic year slated to start in October.
Among reforms made so far are to reduce the number of colleges from six to five and closing different campuses.
In a letter signed by the Executive Director for HEC, Dr. Emmanuel Muvunyi, HEC said that it has not been informed about changes.
“This is in reference to the proposed changes in UR’s colleges which were published in media on 11/09/2017. We understand that UR is in the process of restructuring and relocating some of its colleges. These proposed changes have not been submitted to the Higher Education Council (HEC) for review and decision” the letter reads.
Muvunyi also said that UR breached the law regarding the relocation and closure of high learning institutions.
“I would like to draw your attention to the Law No01/2017 of 31/01/2017 governing organization and functioning of Higher Education, specifically in its Article 20, regarding the opening, closure or relocation of a college, a school, a faculty or a research institute affiliated to a public, Government-subsidized or private institution of higher learning” he said.
HEC advises UR to submit the proposed changes to them for review and decision.
“I take this opportunity to remind you of our discussions on the 29th August 2017 and my letter ref NoED/HEC/260/2017 dated 31 August 2017 regarding other earlier proposed changes in UR’s programmes, which have not yet been submitted to HEC for review and decision” HEC advices UR.
Speaking to IGIHE on Tuesday, the University of Rwanda’s Deputy Vice-chancellor for Academics and Research Affairs, Professor Nelson Ijumba said that the reforms are aimed at revising the university working conditions and reduce unnecessary expenditures.
“Reforms started by combining all public universities, but still some colleges had related programmes, like CASS and CBE lecturers used to move from one college to teach in another college, that’s why we put some colleges together,” he said.