BUJUMBURA August 29th (ABP) – The legal representatives and Directors of the private schools of Ntahangwa commune in Bujumbura City met at the Ngagara School of Excellence on August 28, 2018 where they proceeded to the identification of their institutions.
This will allow the Ministry of Education, Technical and Vocational Training to categorize those schools and set school fees according to four categories (A, B, C and D).
The determination of school fees and other contributions of parents in public and private basic, general post-basic, teacher-training, technical, paramedical schools and vocational training centers of Burundi are now fixed according to the Joint Ministerial Order No. 620/630/972 of 17th July 2018 of the Ministers in charge of Education and Public Health.
According to the provincial inspector of basic and post-basic education in Bujumbura City Council, Mr. Ernest Hakizimana, the Ntahangwa commune has 85 basic and post-basic schools, 80 pre-school structures, 8 vocational training centers and 4 private professional training centers.
The Municipal Directorate of Education, accompanied by the provincial inspectorate, will, from today August 29, verify the schools in the theoretical data collected, said Mr. Hakizimana. It is after this work of identification and verification that the Ministry will proceed to the categorization of these schools and harmonize the amounts of school fees and other contributions of parents according to categories. The indicators for categorization are, among others, the modernity of the infrastructures, the space occupied by the school or intended for sport or break, the didactic material and equipment, the qualification of the teachers, the contracts of the teachers (indefinite, fixed, temporary contract), the social security system for workers and the payment of taxes to the Burundi Revenue Authority. The provincial inspector told the press that category D is a formal notice and that the officials of a school in that category have one year to improve and go forward. He recalled that the registration fees for students have been removed and that the amount of school fees will be the same for the preschool structure and the basic component of the same institution.The Municipal Education Directorate of Ntahangwa commune covers six administrative zones, namely Ngagara, Kamenge, Gihosha, Cibitoke, Kinama and Buterere. Identification forms for all private educational institutions in the preschool structure, basic schools, post-basic schools and vocational training centers were completed by six education inspectors, namely one inspector by administrative zone.