The Rwandan government announced on Wednesday a ban on increasing school tuition for students in public secondary schools and government-aided schools ahead of the start of the new academic year next Monday.

Concerns have arisen over the strain put on parents, which could lock out students of poor families from attaining education, said Rwandan Minister of Education Eugene Mutimura at a press briefing in the capital city Kigali.

Tuition hikes impede the government goal of education for all, Mutimura said, adding that a circular has been sent to the ministry of local government to ask districts to ensure that schools do not raise tuition fees anyhow without consultation of the district authorities.

The ministry’s ban came days after parents complained of schools asking extra fees. There are about 460 public secondary schools and 871 government-aided schools in Rwanda, according to the ministry.


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