Nyamagabe: Secondary school students applaud 12YBE
Some of the students of St Nicolas secondary school in Cyanika sector in Nyamagabe District say they wouldn’t be in schools if the 12 Year Basic Education was not initiated in the beginning.
Due to poor situations in their families, these students say they wouldn’t be able to join secondary school and pay for the education as required confirms Innocent Nshimiyimana and his fellow Clementine Uwamaliya.
“I have no way I could have gone through school if free education was not introduced being an orphan with no one to support me” says Nshimiyimana.
Free education through 12YBE gave hope to this bright young money who is sure that with hard work and dedication, he will get a bursary for his university education and pave his future.
Nshimiyimana who passed well his O’ Levels was supposed to study technical skills in ETO Muhima in Kigali but decided to study History, Economics and Geography(HEG) instead after failing to get financial support to back up his study of technical skills.
Both Innocent Nshimiyimana and Clementine Uwamaliya are Senior 5 students in 12YBE program and are utterly grateful for this program that gave hope to hopeless children like them and gave them back a right to education they almost lost because of being poor.
Pauline Nyinawumuntu the accountant in this school says the poor students are supported by the school in getting dormitories and meals to reduce on the limitations that might affect their academic performance.
Apart from the secondary school students who are supported, there are also Primary school pupils that the school feeds in “School Feeding” program without paying the fees for firewood and workers payments like others.
The school has more than 20 students affected by malnutrition that are given milk daily by the school authorities.