KIGALI - A pilot study on the progress in the campaign to uproot Genocide ideology in schools indicates that the vice originates from students’ families and communities neighboring the schools.
The survey was conducted by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) in collaboration with the La Benevolencia, a Non Governmental Organization.
Although there has been progress in eradicating the ideology, several officials have apportioned blame on some teachers for taking part in spreading this vice.
At the launch of the report, the headmaster of APECOM a secondary school in Gatsibo, Fredric Mugenzi, said that during the 15th commemoration of the 1994 against the Tutsi, he ordered all teachers to stop teaching but one of them Jean Bosco Gatsinzi decided to pick out a few students and continued with classes.
“I raised the issue with authorities after some students complained to me, he was arrested but later released and am now being ordered to pay him all his salary arrears and re-employ him; these are some of the challenges we are facing,” said Mugenzi.
Several other school heads revealed damning information in their schools regarding the ideology but all said that there have been efforts to eradicate the vice.
“Lessons are being conducted in schools with an aim of encouraging students to desist from the ideology; we intend to increase the sensitization not only in schools, but also in communities.” Jean de Dieu Mucyo, the Executive Secretary of CNLG said.