With each Rwandan woman producing an average of 4.6 children during her lifespan, our national fertility rates remain one of the highest in the world. At the same time, our population is growing at the rate of 2.8% every year with the use of any forms of birth control measure (contraceptive) at about 45%.
Once again, the program of the teachers’ mentors for the English language has hit a snag. As we detail in our lead story, foreign mentors who had been attracted to Rwanda to help our teachers style up their English so that they can present their lessons in a decent language, are in trouble because they have accumulated debts. The reason: they have not been paid yet. Some of them have even been evicted from their house, causing them to go back home, while others aren’t allowed to take the school meals anymore because they don’t contribute.
18 years after the country’s liberation, it is an indisputable fact that Rwanda is better off as a nation today.
The Auditor General (AG) last week presented to Parliament a report detailing mismanagement of public funds meant to deliver services to Rwandans.
Finance minister John Rwangombwa’s second budget reading since he being appointed minister, seeks to build on past achievements to accelerate Rwanda’s growth and poverty reduction.
During a meeting last week on skills development, it was noted that there is still a big skills gap – i.e. the job market needs other skills than the ones our young people acquire at school.
The UN has problems with credibility; always has had them; always will.
The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an awareness campaign aimed at persuading Savings And Credit Co-operative (SACCOs), locally known as Umurenge SACCO as well as individuals, to invest in the financial markets.
European Union forces last week made the first ever raid on one of the inland bases of Somali pirates who have recently stepped up their banditry on the high seas of the Indian Ocean. This looks like the first attempt at pursuing the pirates to one of their hideouts near the port of Haradhere.
African leaders have been warned that despite rapid economic growth, rising levels of unemployment and hunger across the continent could bread social and political unrest that can undermine recent economic gains.