Rwanda increases primary school teachers’ salaries by 88%

Starting in August 2022, primary school teachers will receive an 88 percent salary increase while secondary school teachers will receive a 40 percent increase.

The project is a component of the financial incentives designed to increase teachers’ standard of living.

On Monday, August 1, when speaking to both chambers of parliament about the state of the education sector, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente made the announcement.

“We have also not forgotten the salaries for Head teachers, Deputy Head Teachers, and support staff working in public and government-aided schools, which has also been revised upwards,” said Ngirente.

The minister claims that more than 1000 teachers quit their jobs each month in quest of better funding, despite the government raising teachers’ pay by 10% since March 2019.

He emphasised that this costs the government at least Rwf300 million every three months, or Rwf1.2 billion annually, to be able to fill the deficit.

The pay increase is a component of a package that also includes incentives to enhance the welfare of teachers and advance the standard of instruction in Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) and general education courses at public and government-aided schools.

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The minister also encouraged more individuals to become teachers as a method to improve the standard of education.

“The damage is heavy, if you lose over 12,000 teachers per year, with delay in recruitment processes, there is going to be a gap in teaching these lessons to the students,” said Ngirente.

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