The GoR recently announced a directive requiring University students to contribute to the payment of tuition fees on the basis of the above categorization of UBUDEHE.
The directive aims at identifying the real poorest families to benefit from the government scholarship scheme. Households in categories considered to have financial means will be required to pay tuition for their children. The GoR is basing on Ubudehe categorization to identify students from households that are unable to pay tuition in higher institutions of learning. This has raised a contentious debate whereby both parents and students claim that the categorization process has not been fair and transparent, in terms of supporting pro-poor people to have access to Health insurance, Housing, cattle in “One cow” per poor family and other GoR poverty alleviation programs.
Public concerns are centered on the standards that the government is basing on to identify students from “needy” families who should qualify for the government scholarship especially those in the 3rd and 4th category. There are also concerns about the financial capacity of the parents to raise tuition fees basing on the current categorization in UBUDEHE program.
It is in this regard that the Rwanda Civil Society Platform in partnership with AJPRODHO and with support of the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) seeks to recruit a consultant to conduct an intensive study on the categorization of the UBUDEHE program. The study will focus on the impact of ubudehe categorization on education in higher institutions of learning in Rwanda with particular emphasis on the government scholarships.