More arrests in case of missing Nyaruguru school laptops

At least 88 laptops under OLPC were not accounted for in various schools in Nyaruguru.

The investigations into the mismanagement and theft of computers from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) programme have led to the arrest of five people in Nyaruguru District.

Those arrested include the former headmaster of Groupe Scolaire Munini and four current teachers at the school.

The police spokesman for the Southern Province, chief inspector of police Andre Hakizimana, said that investigations have linked the five to the two missing laptops and a desktop computer that were not accounted for at the school.

“During the official handover to the new headmaster, his predecessor indicated in his report the handover all the 518 laptops under OLPC and eleven desktops given to the school. However, the new school management, during verification, found out that two laptops and a desktop were missing,” Hakizimana said.

“It is not about how much is stolen, it’s about responsibility and accountability. When something happens, no matter how big or small, you will be held accountable,” he added.

A survey by the Rwanda Education Board (REB) last year indicates that at least 88 laptops under OLPC were not accounted for in various schools in Nyaruguru. Over 1000 laptops were not accounted for in the Eastern Province while over 500 went missing in the Southern Province.

Last week, 12 head-teachers and teachers were arrested in Rwamagana and Gatsibo districts, where 384 laptops went missing.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has since launched investigations into all social programmes including OLPC, VUP-Umurenge and Gir’inka, among others, which has led to scores of arrests.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 13th April 2017

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