A Kigali based university with Christian values and another university based in Ruhango district, Southern Province are likely to have their licenses withdrawn, a source from the MInistry of Education confirmed to KT Press on condition of anonymity.
They follow the University of Kibungo (UNIK) formerly Institute of Agriculture, Technology, and Education of Kibungo (INATEK) which was closed yesterday over administrative challenges that have compromised the quality of education.
Both institutions will have their provisional licenses withdrawn over poor quality of education.
Christian University of Rwanda Kigali Campus located in the heart of Kigali City at Saint Paul Pastorale de Kigali is one of the universities.
It started operations in 2017. Since then the university has been offering various academic programs including Bachelor of Science with honours in Information Technology, a Bachelor of Science with honours in Agribusiness, Bachelor of Science with Honours in Business Management, and a bachelor of science with honours in finance.
Other courses are Bachelor of Education in English and French, Bachelor of Education in Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Journalism, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Mass Communication, among others.
The other one is Indangaburezi College of Education(ICE). The College awards diplomas in education to students after a three-year course. It is located in Ruhango district, southern province.
The college offers to teach academic courses including early childhood education and other departments including department of education in economics and geography, department of education in English and French, department of education in English and Kinyarwanda, department of education in English and Swahili, and department of education in computer and geography.
ICE is a subsidiary of Indangaburezi, a local non-government organization that has been running Indangaburezi Secondary School in Ruhango since 1980.
On June 30, 2020 the ministry of education closed UNIK for alleged administrative challenges that have compromised the quality of education offered at the school.
This followed a “comprehensive external audit” conducted by Higher Education Council (HEC).
“Due to the institute’s failure to comply with joint resolutions, the Ministry of Education regrets to inform the management of INATEK that all academic operations are to cease effective July 1, 2020,” The communiqué released by Ministry of education on June 30, 2020 reads.
The education ministry gave two weeks to the closed university(UNIK) to submit reports on how several steps have been implemented including academic and financial obligations to students for them to enable a way of seeking alternative admission to other higher learning institutions.
The Ministry of Education also ordered UNIK to facilitate a meeting between HEC and students in which they are to be informed about the decision and the possible alternatives to be pursued.
Last year, UNIK was in the news over debts, salary arrears totallying Rwf2.5 billion.
The closure and withdrawal of provisional license from these universities come at the time Rwanda targets to move towards a knowledge-based economy by 2024.