Kagame Just Increased Teachers’ Salaries By US$0.20 from US$1.88 to US$2.08 A Day

By David Himbara

Kagame on the world stage at the World Economic Forum

On January 28, 2019, General Paul Kagame raised teachers’ salaries by 10%. With the 10% increase, a primary teacher’s monthly pay increases from RWF42,000 or US$47 to RWF46,400 or US$52. Translated into daily earnings, the salary of a Rwandan teacher increases from US$1.88 to US$2.08 a day — an increase of US$0.20. Kagame is shameless. What kind of education do these poverty-stricken Rwandan teachers deliver? No wonder Rwanda is ranked among the world’s worst performers in the human capital index at 142 out of 152 countries. No country can prosper if it does not invest in its people — Rwanda illustrates this.

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