Two former Rwanda Education Board bosses arrested

On 22 March 2019 at 03:52

Two former Rwanda Education Board (REB) Director Generals, John Rutayisire and Janvier Gasana have been arrested over alleged embezzling of public funds, the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has confirmed.

Information from the prosecution indicates that the duo is being interrogated for alleged complicity in the misuse of funds worth Rwf 249 million in One Laptop Per Child Project that is under REB.

John Rutayisire was the first director of REB when the institution was created in 2011 out of merger of different institutions under the education sector including Rwanda National Examinations Council (RNEC), Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC),The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) and Student Financing Agency for Rwanda (SFAR).

He served until 2015 when he handed over to Gasana who served until 2017.

Gasana was replaced in February 2017 by Dr. Irenée Ndayambaje who is still in service.

One Laptop Per Child was initiated in June 2008 with the aim of making Rwanda a technology hub.

So far, over 270,000 laptops of XO brand have been given to over 1500 primary schools.

The project had numerous problems jeopardizing its implementation. Some of them were reported stolen while others were kept idle at schools with no access to electricity among other inconsistencies.

The 2016 Auditor General report indicated that 583 laptops worth Rwf 101,607,187
under the project were kept in school stores across the country instead of giving them
to beneficiaries.

John Rutayisire (left) handing over office instruments to Janvier Gasana as REB Director General in 2015