Dr. Uwamariya made the request yesterday as she visited Groupe Scolaire Remera Catholique inspecting how schools are implementing COVID-19 preventive measures.
The cabinet meeting of 19th February 2021 allowed all schools (public and private) to reopen after a month of closure due to Coronavirus containment measures.
Following cabinet resolutions, the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) released a statement encouraging parents to prepare children for schools’ reopening on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.
Groupe Scolaire Remera Catholique accommodates 2053 students from primary and secondary school classes.
Minister Uwamariya revealed that overcrowding remains a challenge among first year classes and stressed need to seek a feasible solution.
“There is overcrowding in first year classes which you have also seen at this school. We however, need to address it. This situation requires the school to make diligent preparations drawing emphasis on main courses lest children’s level of education is held back. Students can later study general education courses in next classes,” she said.
The head teacher at Groupe Scolaire Remera Catholique, Mujawamariya Odette, has explained that students will attend classes on rotational basis (morning and afternoon shifts) to tackle overcrowding.
In order to address overcrowding and reduce exhausting walks to reach schools, the Government of Rwanda started the construction of 22,505 classrooms and 31,932 latrines countrywide in June 2020.
As of today, construction activities stand at 92%.