Second Year University Student Kills Self in Kigali on Losing Government Scholarship
Kigali – A Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) student committed suicide Monday on learning that he was no longer eligible for the monthly government stipend meant for poor students, local media reports said.
20-year-old Eugene Uwambajimana hanged himself after finding he was not among the few KIE students who remained on the government payroll, local radios reported Tuesday. He was in second year.
With effect from 2011, about 30 percent of all university students were declared poor and therefore qualified for government tuition along with a Rwf 25,000 monthly allowance. The government policy also gave some students only tuition, as others got nothing – meaning they are to take care of their education.
Government has defended the decision as aimed at freeing resources which would be invested in primary education.