Two directors in charges of education in Kayonza District have been arrested following complaints regarding the recent recruitment of teachers in the district, which seems to have been marred by gross malpractices.
Xavier Francois B., the District Director of Education and Charles Namara M., the director in charge of secondary education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) were arrested following complaints filed by some applicants, who claimed that they had passed the interviews, yet their names had been omitted from the list of successful candidates submitted to Rwanda Education Board (REB).
The matter was then reported by REP to the police.
The police spokesman for the Eastern Province, inspector of police Emmanuel Kayigi, said that the two had allegedly altered the results in favour of candidates who had failed.
“The district was recruiting 62 teachers, and as a normal process, supervisors corrected the tests right at the venue, and results indicating both successful and unsuccessful candidates were submitted to the two district directors, who were in charge,” said Kayigi.
“But it later emerged that the results submitted by supervisors were different from those received by REB, which were actually forwarded by the directors. During the ongoing investigations, we have found out that examination papers of 32 candidates who had initially failed the interviews, were altered in their favour,” he added.
Preliminary investigations indicate that on some answer sheets, one of the unsuccessful candidates had scored 9%, but the marks were altered by adding 6 to make it 96%, while another one who had scored 33% was in the final submitted list given 93%.
It is also said that the two directors were soliciting between Rwf 200,000 and Rwf 300,000 from candidates to alter their scores.
“There are three criminal aspects involved: forgery as stipulated under articles 609 and 611 of the penal code; corruption as stated under article 634, and making a decision based on favouritism, friendship, hatred or nepotism under article 647,” Kayigi observed.