A few days ago, Prof. Nelson Ijumba, the deputy vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the University of Rwanda (UR), noted that many female students were reluctant to apply and enroll into the public institution. He said whereas 50 per cent of the admitted students in private universities were girls, University of Rwanda only registered 30 per cent of female applicants. He, however, said a study had been sanctioned to establish the cause of this.
In most countries, students will practically do anything to join a public university because it is usually more equipped in terms of man power and facilities with more affordable tuition since it’s subsidised by government.
We must, therefore, commend those who have raised the red flag because it will help the Government, university and other education stakeholders to reflect on the quality of education, grading and rate of graduating girls and the living conditions at UR.
It must be recalled that girls’ education is one of Government’s priorities.
Government should target at least a 50 per cent enrollment for girls at UR and probably grow it in the private universities as well. This would set Rwanda on the path to accelerate growth because when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. With many educated girls, the country will have fewer dependants, less homeless children, among others.
The earlier the research into this problem is concluded the better.