Minister sheds light on curfew hours for university students

On 22 February 2021 at 02:33

The cabinet meeting held on 19th February 2021 allowed schools in Kigali city to resume following a month of suspension due to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent measures also extended curfew hours to 8pm yet some university students enrolled in night classes can study up to 10pm. Among others, inter-district travels are prohibited except for essential services and tourism activities.

The current situation raises worries for students from Kigali attending classes upcountry or vice versa wondering how they will reach respective schools.

In a talk show on RTV, the Minister of Education, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine has revealed that they are aware of the situation noting that students with private cars can provide explanations to law enforcers on duty to give them a pass.

She requested students without private cars to make arrangements for a private car and apply for movement clearance permits.

“The situation will be complicated for students using public transport buses. They are few to fill a bus but they can make arrangement when the number increases to hire a bus and seek movement clearance permit,” she said.

Concerning students enrolled in night classes, Dr. Uwamariya said that existing policies agreed with Higher Education Council (HEC) continue to be respected.

“It is not taking place for the first time. Before closing schools on 18th January, we already had students in night classes. At the time, HEC collaborated with universities and agreed on existing curfew hours to catch up over the weekend,” she said.

Dr. Uwamariya explained that students enrolled in night classes will continue respecting instituted curfew hours.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine.