Normally, a Rwandan graduate from foreign schools is supposed to get an academic equivalence certificate to work in the country to corresponding positions.
The issue of graduates at Cavendish University brought mixed reactions recently where they claimed to have been denied jobs in public institutions for failure to possess authentic academic qualifications.
Cavendish university graduates have been serving as teachers and head teachers in different schools in Rwanda but were recently dismissed over failure to present their academic equivalence certificates.
During a press conference yesterday, Dr. Uwamariya explained that these students received Recognition of Academic Qualification but the university where they studied was not licensed.
“It should be understood that we can’t give them ‘Equivalence certificate’ while they studied at unlicensed university. We however requested them to join other universities with faculties of education for support to meet requirements,” she said.
The Higher Education Council (HEC) reveals that Cavendish University recently presented authorization documents as one of accredited universities in Uganda. This prompted HEC to seek truth and wrote letter to Uganda National Council for Higher Education which clarified that the university has not yet been licensed.
Another similar case is reported to students in education department at and Protestant Institute of Arts And Social Sciences (PIASS). They passed teachers’ recruitment exams but were later dismissed because they didn’t carry out internship while at school.
Dr. Uwamariya said that these students used to receive ‘Intermediate Award’ before completion of studies which they used to apply for jobs.
“They were listed as workers who don’t meet requirements because they didn’t complete studies,” she said. MINEDUC says that such teachers dismissed to complete education will start job application from scratch after graduation.