Rwanda reduces school dropout rate to 5.6 pct: PM

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-14 00:31:44|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KIGALI, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda has reduced school dropout rate from 14 percent in 2013 to 5.6 percent at present, Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said on Thursday in the capital city Kigali.

Up to 55,533 children who had dropped out of school in 2017 in different parts of the country were enrolled back in school, Ngirente told the 16th annual National Dialogue, locally known as "Umushyikirano", where Rwandans gather to review the state of the nation over the past year and exchange ideas about the way forward.

At least 286 smart classrooms connected with 4G internet were set up in 168 secondary schools across the country in the past year, bringing the number of smart classrooms to 1,370 spread in 710 secondary schools, said Ngirente.

The two-day meeting chaired by Rwandan President Paul Kagame brings together members of the cabinet and parliament, representatives of the Rwandan community abroad, local government, civil society organization and diplomatic mission.

The meeting that runs through Friday mainly focuses on the transformation of the welfare of Rwandan citizens.