Public Schools Bankrupting Private Education in Rwanda
Groupe Scolaire de Musange, a secondary school in Nyamagabe district, Southern Rwanda is now a cattle grazing ground. Classrooms have turned into cowsheds.
The school is just one of the tens of other schools that have closed due to accumulated debts, tax arrears and bank loans.
Rose Mukamana, who worked as secretary at Groupe Scolaire de Musange, says by 2012, the number of students had decreased to 300 from 1000 and every teacher had not been paid.
The school had an unserviced loan worth Rwf100m. By 2013, the school had only 40 students. They also did the ultimate obvious, quit.
“The Baptiste Church School opted to close to avoid accumulation of more debts”, says Munyamasoko Gato Corneille, the church’s chairman.
He says another school, out of the remaining 46 schools across the country, has also closed.
The chairman of the association of private schools in Rwanda, Jean Marie Vianney Usengumuremyi, says at least 20 schools have closed in two years. Hundreds of others have a handful of students and are likely to close soon.