A second-year UR student is crying foul after making multiple phone calls to the UR’s administrations and wrote letters to BRD but there was no response yet he was registered as a beneficiary of the bursary from level one.
James Mfitumukiza a student at UR Nyagatare campus reports that he has not accessed a student's bursary since the beginning of his academic year.
He says his fellow students came on the list of the beneficiaries but he was surprised to find that he was not among them yet he made all required clearances.
“I submitted all the necessary requirements and I have proof of registration since I started level two but I have never been given bursary or a response from the student’s welfare,” Mfitumukiza exclaims.
Catherine Namuyiga, the student’s welfare officer at UR Nyagatare Campus said it’s not a personal issue but that there are so many students with such a problem.
Namuyiga clears that students have not got their bursaries merely because of the mistakes made in their way of registration.
“These days BRD is very strict once a student has anything that doesn’t match in identification, he or she can’t be given the bursary. Therefore, students have to take time and see if they made their registration as required in order to be given their loans in a better way,” she said.
According to the BRD’s Chief Executive Officer Sayinzoga Kampeta said the institution approved student’s bursary list for this academic year from HEC and that students have to pay attention to find out if they have registered well.
The government of Rwanda gave the mandate of management of students’ loans and bursaries to BRD in compliance with the provisions of Law 44/2015 of 14/09/2015 governing students’ loans and bursaries in Rwanda.
The Ministry of Education previously commits this role as the cardinal responsibility of BRD.