Rwanda courts Zimbabwe to plug teachers shortage

In Rwanda the first three years of primary school are in Kinyarwanda. The option to then be taught in French is to be dropped. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Students at the Kirambo primary school in Burera district in northern Rwanda. /Corbis via Getty Images)

Rwanda is considering hiring teachers from Zimbabwe as part of the larger effort to reform its education sector.

While it is not yet clear how many teachers the country would source and timelines, President Paul Kagame says that his country needs quality teachers urgently as the two countries explore mutually beneficial business opportunities.

“I think Zimbabwe can offer us, good teachers. So please work on that with a sense of urgency,” President Kagame said while addressing members of the two countries’ private sector groups and government delegates. “Whatever number you find of quality teachers I think we can absorb because we need them. We need them urgently,”

Recently, Rwanda froze all public service recruitments except for teachers as the Education Ministry works fill over 13,000 vacant teaching positions.

Schools in Rwanda reopen on October 11 amid pressure to recoup learning losses registered under the just-concluded year characterized by pandemic-induced closures.