Policy Briefs

This policy brief assesses the impact of parental contributions on 9YBE funding. It does this by assessing schools in two contrasting Rwandan Districts, one very poor and one better off. The key finding is that in the wealthier area parental contributions were very significant :

they more than doubled schools non-salary budgets. In contrast parental contributions had only a marginal impact on school budgets in the poorer District. As a result schools with more needy, poorer pupils have lower levels of overall funding than schools in wealthier areas with where pupils are, on average, less needy. These findings raise questions about whether the Rwandan schools system is helping achieve greater equality of opportunity.

The key policy recommendation is for MINEDUC to develop a targeted state funding system, with more public funding being allocated to schools which have the highest levels of need.

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