Education

Academic research; why it’s significant to students’ learning

Education experts comprising of senior officials from private and public universities from six EAC partner states; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, are meeting in Kigali to discuss the scarcity of researchers in regional varsities. The workshop seeks to devise ways of...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:55pm

Rethinking the role of teachers

The entire theory of teaching and the role of teachers are widely discussed concepts all over the world. Every week, many conferences on professionalism, development and teacher reform policies are held in various parts of the world. However, it is strange that many countries are not sure about...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:54pm

Real versus artificial

How intelligent are you? Artificial intelligence, of course with enormous help from the human brain, will be able to tell you. This ability to be spot on in measuring abstract things like intelligence, be it emotional or academic, is one of the awesome aspects of artificial intelligence that eases...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:39pm

Master that sound forever: When ‘c’ is pronounced as /s/ or /k/

By Kelly Rwamapera Letter “c” is pronounced differently in “certain” and “curtain”; “price” and “prickle”; “scent” and “scale” and many more. There are rules that dictate what sound is taken of the same letter...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:33pm

Extensive reading: Why is it important?

“My marks were worrying; at some point, I thought I was ‘slow’ because my friends scored highly yet I was always below the pass mark. I wasn’t the kind to sacrifice my sleep for books, but in Senior Five, I thought about reading on my own, I tried but it was all in vain...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:12pm

Teachers should guard against loose comments

Teachers are not perfect. We make mistakes and occasionally exercise poor judgment, like any other erring being. In fact, there are times that we are simply overwhelmed; times we lose focus; times we cannot remember why we choose to stay committed to this profession.  These things are human...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:50pm

Know your rights: The right to protection from mistreatment and torture

Every child is entitled to a safe childhood in which he/she has physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.   Parents, guardians, members of society and the Government have a duty to ensure that nothing tampers with a child’s safety. This is in accordance with article five,...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:43pm

Focus on strengthening your abilities

Dear Counsellor, I’m very shy and laid back, naturally. At school, I sit at the back of the class just so no one notices me. When the teacher asks me a question, I sweat and get very uncomfortable and can’t even speak. This makes other students laugh. I’m afraid to ask questions...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:40pm

How firm is implementation of peace education?

Two years back, the government initiated peace studies in the curriculum. This was done with an aim of looking at how best peace can be integrated into humanity courses like history, religion, social studies, among others, which in the end would facilitate the prevention of conflict and peace...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:52pm

Children and social media: Should parents be worried?

Recently, concerned youth and parents in Kenya started a hashtag on Twitter and Facebook - it should reach the parents. This was after shocking nude photos of youngsters emerged on social media sites. This sparked outrage and mixed reactions on what the future of teenagers is and how such photos...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:35pm

Be more sensitive to students

The slipshod back-to-school attitude and the usual holiday hangover aside, the students you are receiving from this break are also affected by the general remorse and melancholy of the mourning period, something likely to impact their functioning in school. This then calls for special care and...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:26pm

Youth should be at the forefront of reconciliation drive

Looking at the pre and post-Genocide period, the youth played a big role both times. The pre-group played a major part in inciting and carrying out one of the worst atrocities known to mankind during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in which over one million innocent people were mercilessly...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:26pm

Learn it right: The use of re- and again

You have heard or you will hear some people say that English was born in the United Kingdom, brought up in the United States, fell ill in Africa and died in Asia. That is generally to say; English speakers in Africa and Asia are not as accurate as those in the UK or USA. It is not necessarily...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:24pm

AI: Will they or will they not?

This is the million franc question. Do we see a nearby future in which machines, such as programmed computers, take over the jobs of educators? With all the advancement in technology, most especially in the area of artificial intelligence, this phenomenon is worthy of further exploration, don...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:18pm

What are we getting from education?

Education is regarded ‘the future’ in this competitive world; not all will agree, however, learning has in fact changed, especially after the rise of technology. It is as old as time itself. But it’s what we do with that schooling that matters. Many graduates remain jobless today...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:08pm

Origins of ordinary things: The name “Africa”

Most paleoanthropologists consider Africa to be the birthplace of all humanity and yet its name seems to have been a foreign configuration. Several theories have been put forward as to the origins of the name of the second largest continent in the world. According to web-based ‘Knowledge...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:55pm

Know your duties

A child is not meant to be a passive citizen, benefitting from civil rights without giving anything in return. Each child has duties to play, doing things that benefit his/her family, community and country. According to article 21 of N°54/2011 of 14/12/2011 law relating to the rights and the...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:37pm

Make use of the knowledge you gain in school

My parents are always shouting at me about my grades. I’m not a smart student; I try to do revision but I still fail. I’ve even approached friends to help me, which they do, but I don’t pass the tests as well as they do. My sister makes fun of me and calls me stupid and now, I...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:27pm

Be able to understand old English

By Kelly Rwamapera   Do not be limited in accessing information in the English language because of the change of some word or expressions over time or the style in which a work of art was produced.   There is a lot of written English literature produced hundreds of years ago in words...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:16am

Applying Freire’s view in today’s education

Rwanda’s education system is doing a tremendous job in ensuringstudentspass exams. However, the practice of following the curriculum step-by-step in the long run only encourages a fixed way of learning, as opposed to promoting critical thinking. One of the sides of the country’s style...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:13am