Senate gives Government six months to address critical issues in schools

On 5 December 2018 at 01:41

The senate plenary session has urged the Government of Rwanda to address issues in education, demanding the latter to plan in not more than six months, policies based on current issues facing all schools.

When the plenary session received a report of the Social Affairs and Human Rights Commission on the process of identifying and monitoring the activities and functions of the Government in terms of implementing capacity-based curricula in primary and secondary schools, on December 4, 2018, the president of the commission, Senator Gallican Niyongana explained that the commission found out that the capacity-based curriculum has been implemented and that students, educators, and officials appreciated it.

However, he said that there are still some challenges to be addressed in order to achieve capacity-based learning and teaching.

"The commission examined the general structure of school infrastructures and found out that many schools have old buildings, have no doors and windows, with damaged desks that have not been repaired," he said.

He added that the commission found out that many schools do not have enough toilets in comparison with the number of students. He said, in some cases, one school has more than 1000 students and less than 10 toilets which are also unhygienic.

Having heard other issues that were highlighted, the Senate plenary session made decisions that should be submitted to the Government to achieve basic requirements of education based on capacity and willingness.

The Senate requested the government to "prepare within six months, a curriculum based on a survey of issues in all schools, which will be done by respecting standards, establish needed budgeting and how the curriculum implementation can be funded.

The Senate also requested the government to establish school governing bodies in accordance with the law and to establish a monitoring process to know whether they carry out their mandates, which should be undertaken within a period of not more than three months.

The third decision is to solve, in less than one month, the problem of delays in capitation and school feeding grants. Also, the Senate demanded that the government provides the grants at the beginning of the academic year.

The fourth is "to allocate basic materials for education secondary and university schools to help prepare students properly and empowering the schools where the students hone their teaching career."