President Paul Kagame had requested for these teachers as he delivered remarks at Rwanda-Zimbabwe Trade Conference in September 2021.
At the time, he said that cooperation in infrastructure development including schools is of crucial significance noting that the priority should be given to human resource.
He highlighted that Rwanda is ready to hire whatever number of quality teachers available.
As he addressed both chambers of parliament on Monday 1st August 2022, Premier Ngirente said that the government will continue to implement agreements regarding the exchange of expert teachers signed with partner countries and international organizations with a view to promote languages’ education.
He disclosed that Rwanda has so far received 63 teachers from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to teach French language.
The second batch comprising 45 teachers was received in April this year through “mobility project” launched by OIF to enhance French language teaching among its member states.
The project which started with countries including Rwanda, Ghana and Guinea is expected to reach 10 countries.
“The government is collaborating with Zimbabwe where we are set to receive 477 teachers to support the education sector in enhancing English language teaching,” said Premier Ngirente.
He did not shed light on timelines for their arrival but revealed that they will initially be sent to Teachers’ Training Colleges (TTCs), universities and the College of Education so that it can release competent English teachers.
Zimbabwe is among countries reputed for quality education since the colonial rule in the 1980s up to date.