Nyarugenge-based teachers have expressed their disappointment upon the removal of a 20,000 Rwandan Francs-per-semester bonus they have been receiving from the District. In a reversal of fortunes for the educators, the District announced that the teacher’s bonus had supposedly been removed since 2006, with only teachers’ owed arrears continuing to be paid.
The teachers stressed that the bonus helped off-set certain minor expenses, aiding immensely in meeting their daily costs and expenses which their paltry salaries struggle to cover.
District authorities however while speaking to reporters said that a council meeting voted to remove the bonus in 2006, with the resulting sums after that year up until 2010 considered as arrears owed the teachers, which are in the process of being paid off.
All is not lost however, as an additional bonus, paid out by the Parent’s Association, is set to continue to be given to the teachers.