Private universities call for end to red tape

Private universities are lobbying the Ministry of Education to increase efficiency in handling paperwork. The request was made by 10 proprietors and rectors of private universities, under their umbrella body the Rwanda Association of Private Institutions of Higher Education during a meeting with Minister of Education Dr Vincent Biruta, reports Ivan R Mugisha for The New Times.

"Many private universities send important documents to the ministry, but it is surprising that they take over a year without being signed or even getting feedback, which in a way hinders our operations," said Father Deogratias Niyibizi, rector of Ruhengeri Institute of Higher Education. "The ministry should curb such bureaucracy and foster our partnership.”

The meeting was hosted by Kigali Independent University, which with 12,201 students is the largest private university in the country. The universities also appealed for a review of tax regimes, especially on the importation of computers, to reduce costs. Rwanda’s Revenue Authority currently imposes a withholding tax of 5% on computers.
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