The Ministry of Education has largely condemned acts of the Chancellor and Legal representative of Rusizi International University; Dr Gahutu Pascal who recently wrote to the Prime Minister claiming that the closure of his university was unlawful, illegally influenced by the Minister of Education, Dr Musafiri Papias Malimba.
In a press briefing yesterday, the State Minister for Primary and Secondary schools Munyakazi Isaac said it is saddening to have a university leader attacking the Minister of Education other than respecting regulations he was asked to comply with.
“Other universities received letters and replied committing to meet the requirements. However Rusizi University reacted against it and accused one person other than rectifying the situation, ,” said Munyakazi.
He explained that Rusizi University should not accuse an individual who wrote the letter as the representative of the Ministry of Education adding that the last auditing team included foreigners who, by no means, could involve in personal conflicts.
“If you follow up the history of that University you will find that it is entangled between business and education. The government will not tolerate those who front business interests at the expense of quality education to Rwandan children,” said Munyakazi.
Rusizi International University is among four higher learning institutions whose programs have been provisionally suspended following an audit by MINEDUC which gave them six months for meet the required standards if they are to resume services.
In the letter written on 11th March 2017, Dr Gahutu appealed for justice saying the Minister of Education based his decision to close the university on conflicts among shareholders of Rusizi International University without hearing his side of the story.
Dr Gahutu explained that the Minister of Education has on several occasions declined meeting him face to face for talks but rather meets his colleagues with whom they’re conflicting.
In the letter, to the prime minister, Dr Gahutu accuses Dr Malimba of being behind his imprisonment in February 2017 claiming he forged documents and misallocated university resources.
Four universities were provisionally closed while others had some courses suspended.
These include University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB), Open University of Tanzania, University of Gitwe, JomoKetta University of Agriculture and Technology, InstitutCatholique de Kabgayi (ICK) and Institutd’EnseignementSuperieur de Ruhengeri (INES-Ruhengeri) .
They were given six months to meet the set university standards.