Shyaka warns local authorities over illegal fundraising for school construction

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 24 July 2020 at 11:14

The Minister of Local Government, Prof Shyaka Anastase, has called on local authorities to stop asking for money from residents which they say is to support the construction of schools.

In a statement issued by the minister, it was emphasized that those that wish to contribute to the construction of the school buildings and toilet facilities can deposit their support on an officially designated bank account but not in the hands of local authorities.

Across the country, 22,505 primary and secondary school classrooms, 31,932 toilet facilities and 81 lecture rooms for vocational schools will have been built before schools resume in September 2020.

The Ministry of Education explains that the additional facilities will help reduce the overcrowding in schools and the distances children travel to and from school.

He called on every Rwandan to be involved in the process, whether financially or physically. An account has been provided at the National Bank of Rwanda on which individuals can deposit money for the cause. Telephone numbers for those who wish to send their support will be provided by the districts.

He encouraged ordinary people as well to take part in solving this great task: "One of the things you and other people can do is keep up the momentum ... there are going to be some difficult decisions for government". The Minister of Local Government, Prof Shyaka Anastase, informed the local authorities that it is illegal to extort money from the residents in the name of supporting construction of schools.

The World Bank has provided Rwf123 billion and the Government will spend Rwf95 billion towards the cause. An analysis by the Ministry of Education in 2019 revealed that there was a gap of more than 22,000 classrooms, toilets, and kitchens.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine has been in the process of inspecting the construction of these classrooms in different parts of the country from the Southern Province in Kamonyi, Huye and Gisagara Districts.

The Ministry of Education explains that the additional facilities will help reduce the overcrowding in schools and the distances children travel to and from school.

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