The Governor of Northern Province has begun conducting site tours to monitor progress of construction of classrooms in various sectors of Musanze district.
Schools across Rwanda were closed down in March following the global attack by Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted all sectors of the global economy.
Nearly 3.6 million students have been staying home as part of the anti covid-19 measures. The schools are scheduled to reopen for the first term in September.
Last year, Rwanda received $200 million support from World Bank to construct 11,000 classrooms and 11,600 toilets in three phases.
With the student’s still home under a nation-wide lockdown, the government intensified construction of these classrooms across the country and progress is very impressive as the target is to complete before September.
Gatabazi JMV the Northern Province Governor is currently moving from construction site to another accompanied by members from the security to check on construction progress.
However, there are fears according to experts that Covid-19 may have profound effects on Rwanda’s gains in the education sector.
Global partnership for education (GPE) argues that school closures disrupt children’s learning and pose the risk of higher dropout rates for the most vulnerable, including girls and children from poor households, who are less likely to go back to school. Additionally, teachers may be forced to leave the profession in search of other jobs.
Rwanda therefore applied for for GPE’s COVID-19 emergency funding, the country was granted U$10 million to ensure students continue learning during the lockdown and to support the country’s preparation to reopen schools once the virus is contained.
Most students have been carefully attending learning via radio broadcasts while some in affluent areas followed classes on Television and online.