School Dropout Rates Increased By Lack Of Parental Support – Survey

Rwandans across the world have Thursday cast their votes in the much anticipated referendum on amending the Constitution that provides for among other things the extension of President Paul Kagame’s stay in power.

More than 40, seek 000 Rwandans in the Diaspora are expected to cast their ballot, according to officials.

According to Charles Munyaneza, the executive secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), all the necessary logistics have been provided to facilitate a successful electoral exercise.

He further pointed out the polls will be overseen by Ambassadors or High Commissioners with support of embassy employees.

The October Plenary Sitting of the Chamber of Deputies in Rwanda adopted the relevance of the draft review of the Constitution, removing a caveat on the number of times a President can be elected into office.

Article 101 of the Rwandan Constitution stipulates that, “The President of the Republic is elected for a term of seven years renewable only once. Shall under no circumstances a person hold the office of President of Republic for more than two terms.”

However, following petitions to Parliament and a Constitution review process, legislators agreed to change the wording of Article 101 to read: “The President of the Republic shall be elected for a term of 7years. He/She may be re-elected for more terms.”

For voters residing in Rwanda, the polls will take place on Friday, December 18 and 6.4 million voters are expected to participate in the exercise.


3rd Term

A debate has been raging on whether President Kagame intends to stand for President after the expiry of his second term in 2017.

His admirers say the president should retain office to consolidate achievements made under the RPF government especially in developing the healthcare, infrastructure, economy and security.

But critics say amending the Constitution will entrench President Kagame’s rule.

Kagame, who led guerrillas to seize power from the genocidal regime in 1994, is accused of human rights violations and crushing political dissent, charges Kigali vehemently denies.

The 2015 Constitution Review was prompted by 3,784,586 Rwandans who filed petitions to Rwanda Parliament seeking amendment of Article 101.

About 10 Rwandans objected the amendment of Article 101 of the Constitution.

After examination of the petitions, the Plenary Assembly of each Chamber resolved that the Constitution of Rwanda of June 04, 2003 be revised.

Parliament also decided the establishment of a technical Commission to support it in the Constitution Review.

The Support Commission to Parliament for the Constitution Review was established by Law ? 43/2015 of 29/08/2015.

The findings from reports on public consultations held by Legislators showed there were other provisions of the Constitution that needed to be amended due to various reasons.

It was observed that the Constitution contains some awkward phrasing and inappropriate terminology that complicate its interpretation.

The Constitution Review required improving the language and translation using appropriate legislative drafting techniques.

On the format, MPs said the Constitution needed to be restructured as a number of Articles were placed in Chapters where they have no relevance.

The Constitution of Rwanda has no Table of Contents which legislators said makes it not a user-friendly legal text.
The education standards  in Apac have been lowered by parents’ lack of interest in enlightening their children, treatment a report from Apac Anti- Corruption Coalition (TAACC) has revealed.

The report unveiled last week showed that parents at the lake shores prefer to see their children go fishing
than go to waste money in schools.

The 16 page report compiled by TAACC under the program of Governance, information pills accountability participation and
performance (GAPP) was unveiled at a dialogue meeting at Red Cross hall on Thursday .

Johnson Okune, the chairperson board of directors (TAACC) said after conducting their research at Wansolo primary school in Akokoro Sub County, parents have been found out to be the major reason behind the increased school drop outs.

The report shows that parents prefer to see their children go fishing and they don’t provide scholastic materials, dodge paying simple requirements like PTA funds, and do not attend  meetings organized by the schools authority.

Other challenges included lack of accountability by school administrators, and inadequate and poor classrooms.

Eveline Ayugi, the programs (GAPP) overseer asked district officials to take appropriate action to address the situation

Tom Superman Opwonya, the executive director appealed to Parents to send their children to school.

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