Private universities appeal for special support

Private higher learning institutions in Rwanda have requested the ministry of education to devise a framework that can also deploy government-sponsored students to these universities as one of the strategies to help them recover from COVID-19 effects, writes Michel Nkurunziza for The New Times.

In a phone interview with The New Times, Dr Callixte Kabera, the president of the Private Universities’ Association and vice-chancellor at the University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies in Rwanda, said that private universities need “special support” from the recovery fund that includes deploying government-sponsored students, considering that a big number of students have dropped out. There are 27 private universities in Rwanda, 14 of which are owned by locals and 13 are international universities.

“Research has indicated that the education sector suffered from particular COVID-19 effects. For instance, at least 20% of the students dropped out and never came back due to financial constraints. Even those who came back, [their] parents [are] also affected [and] are not affording tuition fees. It has a big impact on us,” he said.
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