Education

Students from Lycée Cibitoke to pay part-time teachers

Each student of Lycée Cibitoke in Cibitoke western province has to give BIF 3000 per term to pay part-time teachers.

Part-time teachers to be paid by students at Lycée Cibitoke

Part-time teachers to be paid by students at Lycée Cibitoke

Jean Claude Pfukamahari, a student of 2nd year in pedagogy, says the decision of paying extra money for temporary teachers will improve their learning process. “There are some courses that we have not yet studied because we don’t have teachers,” he says.

He, however, says the amount fixed by the school can be an obstacle for some students from poor families. “Even if the amount is somehow little, it is added to recently increased school fees,” he says. At the beginning of 2018/2019 school year, school fees in boarding school have moved from BIF 15,000 to BIF 43,000 while day students still pay BIF 7000.

For him, decision-makers should consider the living conditions of students from impoverished families before taking any measure. “It would be better if we contribute to our schooling according to our means,” he says.

Evariste Niyongere, a parent, appreciates the measure to contribute to the education of their students. “We are aware that Lycée Cibitoke doesn’t have sufficient teaching staff. We agreed that each student will give an amount of BIF 1000 each month to encourage part-time teachers,” he says.

Léonard Ndayishimiye, headmaster of Lycée Cibitoke says the school needs to recruit four part-time teachers. “The school is not able to pay them and they really need support,” he says adding that about 250 parents who attended the meeting agreed upon that contribution.