SOUTHERN PROVINCE - First year students at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) who had initially been denied sponsorship by the Student Financing Agency of Rwanda (SFAR) have expressed their delight after President Paul Kagame rescinded the decision that had left many stranded.
A fortnight ago, SFAR produced a list of students to be financed by the agency leaving out hundreds who had qualified for University admission and had already registered in their respective universities.
The untimely decision to deny student loans to those who the agency claimed did not meet the selection criteria generated widespread outcry from the general public and the affected students.
“I am lost for words,” said Philemon Mugabo, one of the students allowed back to the National University of Rwanda. “I am grateful to the government for listening to our cries.”
Gonzaga Ishirahinda, another student from NUR, could not conceal his joy in a telephone interview with The New Times.
“I screamed myself hoarse when I heard the news, my parents wanted to throw a party but I could not have any of that, my focus now is on bringing home a degree certificate,” said Ishirahinda who was on his way to the Huye based public university.
Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana, the NUR vice Rector in charge of Finance and Administration, said that the students will easily fit in the University system.
“They were all registered and many had already found housing, so they will be able to settle in with ease as they prepare to attend lectures,” he said.
“Last night was the best night I have ever had after the news of the President’s intervention in our problem filtered in. We were aggrieved by the decision to deny us sponsorships, but our ordeal is now over, its time to concentrate on our studies.”
“It is hard to believe, I thought it was the end of the road for me after being denied sponsorship by SFAR. I am thankful to the President for his timely intervention.”
“It is too good to be true, I had lost hope. I have to repay the President’s good gesture by excelling in my education so as to serve my Country better in future.”
“It is a miracle, I could not believe the news, we spent the whole night celebrating I am lost for words; it will take time for the reality to sink in”.