MINEDUC, development partners discuss school drop out rates

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Rwanda’s Ministry of education and development partners met to discuss a way Forward- Looking to high school drop out rates that tops agenda in Ministry of Education (MINEDUC)’s joint sector review.

During the 2015/2016 Forward –looking review of the education sector on June 9,  the Minister of education Prof. Silas Lwakabamba said that addressing this challenge among others is to give priority to equity so that children from poor house holds get access to education and effective allocation of resources to enhance quality of education.

While school dropouts increased in 2014 compared to 2013, several measures have been adopted by the government to address the issue.

“Rwanda adopted a ministerial order punishing anyone who makes a student drop out, be it a parent, teacher, head teacher or any other person faces penalties,” Olivier Rwamukwaya, minister of state in charge of primary and secondary education warned.

“The school feeding programme is also intended to decrease school dropout and the government plans to support vulnerable families to afford contributions,” Rwamukaya said.

“Government would also increase schools concentration to cut distance which is said to contribute to school dropout.”

While, Laure Beaufils, the head of UK’s Department for International Development said a huge progress in education in terms of access to primary and secondary education is visible but school dropout is an issue of concern that we ask the government to assess and tell us the situation and causes so that we can partner to tackle the issue.

“We also appeal for improvement of quality and a more inclusive education,” said Beaufils.

Statistics for 2014 from MINEDUC indicate that a high dropout rate is observed in Primary 5 (28.3%), followed by Primary 2 (13.8%) while the lowest dropout rate is observed in Primary 1 (10.2%).

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