Primary and secondary school teachers have always decried low remunerations compared to other professionals despite various government initiatives towards teachers’ welfare.
The educationists last put a little smile on their face in November 2016 when special statutes governing them were announced with some promotions and bonuses in its provisions.
New initiatives towards better teachers’ welfare are again in the pipeline, according to Dr Irenée Ndayambaje, the Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB).
In an interview with Media, the official has sent a message to teachers stating that government always minds them and recognises their contribution to national building.
“As I speak now, we have prepared initiatives which will benefit all categories of teachers. This is not just about pleasing them but I cannot announce the initiatives before they receive approval from competent organs,” said Dr Ndayambaje.
“Wait to see them coming in the near future. We are always looking for ways to uplift teachers’ welfare as it is in our responsibilities.”
He also assured teachers of benefits resulting from promotion and bonuses in the next fiscal year which opens in July, saying that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has already approved the benefits.
“I would also tell teachers that we expect a lot from them in order to build the country’s knowledge-based economy. Please do your best to help attain this target,” he added.
Article 33 of the Presidential Order establishing special statutes governing teachers in nursery, primary and secondary education, states that a teacher is entitled to promotion to a higher job level and salary increase after every three years on the basis of his or her functional and behavioural performance evaluation.
Teachers are also entitled to a bonus of up to 5% of their basic salary depending on their performance score starting from 70% while those below 60% are dismissed without any terminal benefits.