Are varsity students getting a raw deal?

Editor, Refer to Sunny Ntayombya's article, "A waste of money: Universities are cheating both students and teachers" (The New Times, October 2).
University of Rwanda graduands during a past graduation ceremony. (File)
University of Rwanda graduands during a past graduation ceremony. (File)


Refer to  Sunny Ntayombya’s article, “A waste of money: Universities are cheating both students and teachers” (The New Times, October 2).


I have always read with zeal articles by Sunny Ntayombya and Allan Brian Ssenyonga, especially on academic matters, and I wish to congratulate them for the work well done. However, I beg to disagree with Ntayombya on this commentary.


Much as many will have to agree with him on the transformation of academic arena of the past and today’s field where some people feel that the university campus has turned into a meandering square, this is not true but rather a “conflict of generations”.


I surely believe that students are not cheated; it’s just a mismatch between the theoretical approach and practical application of knowledge on the labour market, which interviewers have failed to master and set their cards accordingly to match the new archetype.

It is high time the so called adjudicators of trustees changed their mindset to become what I call “e-oriented”. There is no need of mastering the principles of preparing, say an income statement, yet Google has this in open source format.

On the other hand, I may say that lecturers are cheated, but we should also not also forget the principle of bargaining power especially in private sector, and we should not as well rule out the possibility that Mr. Ntayombya’s bargaining power could have been weak enough not to pull him above his requested salary.

Franklin Smith Amanya


The private universities are certified/permitted by the ministry of education but the latter forget to keep monitoring the quality of education offered.

The curriculum of many courses is just “zero” with the universities simply handing out degrees, minting money, but no quality or knowledge.

Universities are understaffed, hire unqualified staff and I suspect that they pick anyone to teach any subject.

Regarding teachers’ payments, universities do not consider experience and pay peanut on hour basis. This is unfortunately the practice in both public and private institutions.



It is a vicious cycle: parents, employers, and lastly the youth do not possess a sense of appreciation for other qualifications except the magical degree/license. For them, it is A2, A1 or A0 or nothing.

The biggest employers being government, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour and the Workforce Development Authority and other stakeholders, should take the lead in changing this mindset.

Trained ACCA, CPA and CAT professionals, for example, find themselves having to define what they are worth.

Having interviewed candidates in the accountancy domain, what I discovered was equally horrendous. You wonder what our institutions of higher learning are up to.


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