Five years after the start of the merger leading to the creation of the University of Rwanda (UR) with its six Colleges, the Government and the Parliament propose to this institution to self-manage efficiently.
Under the new proposal of the Government, the College Principal will no longer be appointed by Presidential Order but by the University Council, a body that is still in the pipeline.
But the most important aspect is that UR will have more financial autonomy and will be able to make decisions where it sees fit without seeking approval elsewhere.
Recently, MPs called for efficiency at the UR while meeting the university’s leaders in a public hearing at Parliament where University of Rwanda (UR) officials were asked to give explanations about different management and accounting discrepancies noted in the Auditor General’s report for the fiscal year 2016/17.
The report, which was published at the end of April, indicated accounting errors such as omitted bank accounts from the UR’s books of account, closed bank accounts that still appeared in the university’s books of account, missing individual students’ ledger accounts, and missing lists of creditors among others.
On the other hand, the report noted issues that affect the quality of students’ education such as the absence of teaching facilities for relocated programmes at different colleges.
It noted also that some infrastructure and facilities at the university remained idle as a result of re-organization of colleges.
For MP Marie Médiatrice Izabiriza, a member of PAC( Public Accounts Committee) “The university should have an operational plan that responds to the issues mentioned by the AG’s report,”.
The university’s leaders promised the MPs that they will correct mistakes noted by the AG and pledged that the institution will be better organized in the future.
Jean Louis KAGAHE