Rwanda launches construction of more than 22,000 classrooms

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The Rwandan Ministry of Education Saturday launched construction of 22,505 new classrooms ahead of reopening of schools in September in order to reduce overcrowding in both primary and secondary.

Education minister Valentine Uwamariya laid a foundation stone to launch the construction in Nyanza district, where 720 classrooms will be constructed.

The construction is being implemented under the theme: “Friendly School Environment, a Basis of Appropriate Learning Process.”

The construction is funded by the government and the World Bank at the tune of 218 billion Rwandan francs with the work expected to be completed in September ahead of reopening of schools, according to Samuel Mulindwa, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education.

 The World Bank is financing the project under Rwanda Quality Basic Education for Human Capital Development worth 123 billion Rwandan francs; while 95 billion Rwandan francs was drawn from the ordinary budget, he told reporters in Kigali.

Also to be constructed along with the classrooms are 31,932 latrines.

The ministry also plans to recruit 29,000 more teachers, make 501,750 new desks, whereby every class will accommodate 23 desks for 46 students.

There is an average of 75-100 pupils per classroom in primary schools currently, according to education officials, well above the 46-50 standard recommendation.

Rwandan schools and institutions of higher learning are expected to reopen in September since March when they were shut due to coronavirus lockdown. 

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