The University of Gitwe’s chances of reopening its programs to the public are going from bad to worse as Higher Education Council (HEC) has given green light to INES Ruhengeri to continue to teach two the five programs that were recently closed.
HEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Muvunyi, said a research conducted to the closed universities and Universities whose programs have been suspended to assess whether they have fulfilled the recommended requirements before they are allowed to reopen.
He also asked the Universities to call students’ representatives from respective suspended programs to update them about the supervision conducted in their universities, although some of them are yet to be put in place while HEC warns universities to fix them not later than September 2017 to avoid permanent closure.
Two programs, namely Computer and Biotechnology, were confirmed to be reopened at INES Ruhengeri while Civil Engineering, Food Processing remain closed until the university admits more lecture staff and reference books for Civil Engineering department and, for Food Processing should get a qualified laboratory, capable lecturers and enough rooms for the laboratory.
However, the situation looks more difficult for University of Gitwe where reports from RBA point that not any of the suspended programs has been given green light to continue operating. The program of Surgery still lacks number of lecturers required by HEC could be teaching over 60 students while he is only allowed to teach 6 students.
The Ministry of Education has in March released an official statement that it has suspended 4 universities while 6 others have seen some of their programs from operating in until they fulfil the conditions required by the Ministry, or else, they might get permanently closed.
Universities that have been suspended from operating in Rwanda
-Rusizi International University (RIU), Rusizi;
-Singhad Technical Education Society-Rwanda (STES), Kicukiro;
-Mahatma Ghandhi University-Rwanda (MGUR), Gasabo ,
-Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts (NSPA), Huye.
Universities whose programs were suspended from being lectured
-University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB), Gicumbi;
-Open University of Tanzania (OUT), Ngoma;
-University of Gitwe (UG), Ruhango;
-Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kicukiro;
-Institut Catholique de Kabgayi (ICK), Muhanga,
-Institut d’Enseignement Superieur de Ruhengeri (INES-Ruhengeri), Musanze.
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