The parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and National Patrimony has expressed concern over high cost of medical courses at the University of Rwanda (UR).
The annual fees for medical students at UR stand at Rwf 900,000 per student but the Ministry of Education plans to raise the fees.
As the Ministry of Education presented the draft budget of 2017/2018 yesterday, MP Mporanyi Theobald wondered why the cost of medical courses is always high.
“This is where education gets jeopardized at secondary schools and university.You say the cost of Rwf 900,000 required for medical courses has risen. How many have capacity to pay the fees? How can the country be assured that medical students will continue with studies if the cost of learning is increased?” he questioned.
He explained that a research carried out on the issue established that stakeholders unveiled that the learning at Rwf 900,000 is expensive.
The president of the Standing Committee on Finance and National Patrimony, Mukayuhi Rwaka Constance wondered whether the matter won’t push students abandon medical courses yet they are essential in the country.
“Won’t it discourage students planning to pursue such medical courses to abandon them joining other departments? Have you analyzed such issues? I think we need doctors because the existing number is inadequate,” she said.
The Ministry of education attributed the rise of tuition fees to required materials, location of and time taken to equip medical doctors with skills.
The permanent secretary in MINEDUC, Samuel Mulindwa has said that the price was established following a study adding that the cost is the same like in other countries in the region.