Following the decision, some students at the University of Rwanda and Rwanda Polytechnic under government scholarship program have demanded to continue accessing their monthly stipend as they have to use internet and other online academic resources to continue with their education despite the lull. Some students have also sought clarification on the loans to be repaid to the bank.
Rwandan Development Bank (BRD), which is in charge of providing scholarships and bursary said on Twitter: The Ministry of Education will soon announce the government’s decision on the bursaries for the period from May to September. "
In response, one of the students wrote: “Make decisions that are fair and impartial.
For me, it would be better if they gave [stipend] for a month or two. Now the rest you will give to the students at the beginning of the school because of the times we are in. I think we will get out of it [lockdown] when our families do not have enough [resources] to support us,” Manzi Keeper said.
Another student, Eric Nshimiyimana, responded: "Please make a good decision because IPRCs students seem to have never stopped classes at all, and it requires a lot of internets!!!"
University students say that if they were given a bursary they would be productive these days since they don’t have much to do. It also helps them monitor online courses and build on these extraordinary moments. Those in the final years say they need to do research and write their dissertations.
Students at the University of Rwanda and Rwanda Polytechnic are given a monthly stipend of Rwf40,000.