Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) has dismissed claims that have recently been circulating that Ugandan teachers teaching in Rwandan public schools are on their way to be fired.
Since last week, rumors started to circulate until they reached in Uganda that all Ugandan teachers working in Rwanda were banned form continuing doing their jobs in Rwanda, according to Ugandan newspaper, Redpepper.
However, MINEDUC has on Tuesday released a statement dismissing such claims that have been circulating on both social media and some newspapers, branding such reports as ‘fake news’ and baseless, which were created only to bring bad environment among some local school staffs.
The ministry admits that, since the government introduced English as a language of instruction in Rwandan education in 2008, teachers form East African Community member countries, including Ugandans, have played a big and influential role in Rwandan education, by providing English trainings to local teachers and taught in different schools to contribute to the policy implementation successfully.
MINEDUC says, of 885 mentors recruited in 2010 to train local teachers, 472 were Ugandans who were working on a five-year contract until 2015.
However, when the contract expired, some Ugandan kept teaching in different Rwandan schools and are still teaching.
Rwanda Education Board (REB) also says that among 499 foreign teachers who have been teaching in Rwandan schools since 2016, 256 are Ugandans, as the ministry’s statement underlines.