The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) has requested for a Rwf 8 billion budget to fund construction of new classrooms and repair the old ones across the country.
The request was made yesterday as MINEDUC presented its draft budget for 2017/2018 to the parliamentary Standing Committee on Budget and National Patrimony.
MINEDUC State Minister for Primary and Secondary School, Isaac Munyakazi said they plan to direct efforts towards renovating classrooms in critical conditions.
“Part of this year’s budget will be used to build and renovate classrooms. We however gave priority to very old classrooms which can fall on students in case it rains.There, we have no choice. They are many in different parts of the country,” he said.
Munyakazi explained that 4023 classrooms shall be replaced or renovated within two years but in case funds do not allow, at least 3676 classrooms will be renovated.
MINEDUC also plans to build new schools worth Rwf 2 billion in Nyagatare and Gatsibo districts where some students still trek long journeys to reach schools.
The chairperson of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Budget and National Patrimony, Mukayuhi Rwaka Constance asked whether MINEDUC can’t find sponsors other than waiting for the budget.
“There are parents, religious organizations and non-governmental organizations that helped build 12-year basic education classrooms. They can still give support,” she said.
The Permanent Secretary in MINEDUC, Mulindwa Samuel explained that they thought about partners while proposing the budget.
He said they have reduced the cost of building one classroom from Rwf 8 to 5 million where the remaining three million will come from partners’ contribution.