The parents expressed the concern saying it is a challenge on teachers’ efficiency in evaluating performance of so many learners at once. In some classes, there are more than 60 students with 4 to 5 pupils sharing one bench.
Parents have demanded that more classrooms should be built to enable reduction of pupil-teacher ratio, saying that if nothing is done, pupils will continue to bear negative consequences.
Mukabucyana Valerie, one of the parents said that they are concerned about the inadequate learning environment of their children because it is clear that given the small classroom size, many will find it difficult to acquire knowledge with utmost efficiency.
“I once asked my daughter why she came home with no homework and she answered she was not able to write because she had nowhere to sit or stand in the classroom.”
Mazimpaka Evode whose child also goes to Musezero Primary School says that large class sizes do not only obscure the learning of their children but leaves them susceptible to diseases.
“In those conditions, I doubt anyone is capable of learning. Children are also at the risk of getting infected with diseases including skin and respiratory diseases. We have requested for intervention from the government because we see this as an urgent matter.”
The mayor of Musanze district, Mrs. Nuwumuremyi Jeannine says that the matter has been communicated and that new classrooms will be built starting early next year.
“A good education is a precious heritage and to ensure that it is assured for children in Musanze, the problem of overcrowded classrooms will soon be addressed. Starting next year, new classrooms will be constructed to accommodate smaller numbers for every class.”
Musanze District is among the top districts in Rwanda that face the problem of overcrowded and old classrooms but starting 2020, the district has in its plans to renovate and build new classrooms to enable teachers in structuring small learning teams and make an evaluation of child performance much easier.