Education

Japan to build Rwf68m dormitory for Ruhango school

The government of Japan has extended a grant worth $81,857 (over Rwf68m) to build a dormitory for Saint Joseph Nzuki, a Ruhango-based catholic vocational training school. The dormitory will be completed in a period of six months and will accommodate 400 students. Signing the grant, recently, at...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandan well-wishers in Canada boost kindergarten education

In the rugged hills of Ruhango District’s border with Karongi District in Southern and Western provinces at Kavumu is a kindergarten that was built by three Rwandans in Canada under Inzira y’Urumuri (Way of Light) organisation. Approaching the structure, you can hear sounds of learning “little...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Managing a counterproductive learning environment: What works, what doesn’t?

For many “old-school” teachers and parents who grew up in an age of greater conformity and fear-based authority, the culture of our schools is in dire straits because they believe there is a deficiency in discipline. In reality though, we currently dole out far more punitive...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: The wedding ring

The wedding ring, a small round band worn on the third finger of the left hand, is the most pronounced way that people let others know that they are married. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring is so old that it is unclear who exactly started it. According to Ancient Origins, a website...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

The right to a clean environment

Rwanda is renowned for its clean streets, zero tolerance for careless waste dumping and outlawing the use of environmentally harmful products such as polythene bags. This is in line article 22 of the Constitution which stays: “Everyone has the right to live in a clean and healthy environment...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

The need for a common lingo between education and working life

One Rwandan elder once said about the current developments in Rwanda, that the sky rocketing education system and the increasing number of graduates should be greatly commended for the country’s current position on sustainable development. “I vividly remember moving in the Bushy Kigali...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Discover the meaning of words with ‘sub’

Over 60 per cent of all English words have Greek or Latin origin. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure of words originating from Greek or Latin rises to over 90 per cent. This means many English words have parts (prefixes, infixes or suffixes) with Latin or Greek origin...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Things that defy time!

Do you know why your sweetheart calls you honey? Perhaps, because she or he hopes against hope that you will last as long as honey. Honey (read bees’ vomit) has been known to last for thousands of years; actually, five thousand, five hundred years (5,500) as seen in the grave of a woman of...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:00am

Double-shift phase out; are schools prepared?

As students resume classes this week, some changes were made by the Ministry of Education. For instance, at primary level, students will have to study eight hours per day yet previously, under the double shift system, they studied for only six hours. Education Times’ Lydia Atieno takes a look at...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Education is important for your development

Dear counsellor, my mother recently opened a retail shop in town which we welcomed as a family since she is the one who takes care of us. However, last week she told me to stop school and help her at the shop. I have been feeling bad about it but I don’t know how to approach or convince her...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: The DVD

In the early 1990s, if someone wanted to watch a movie, they would have to pay a fee to borrow a VHS tape from a movie store. The VHS tape was the size of a brick, only lighter. It had space for only one movie and was susceptible to destruction. Then, several motion picture and electronic...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

The suspension of penalty

For crimes whose punishment is a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, sometimes the judge can decide to suspend the penalty. The suspension of a penalty, as defined by article 85 of the Penal Code of Rwanda, is a judge’s decision to wait to send the perpetrator to jail. Basically,...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Embrace performance-based assessments

Have you ever wondered what causes the discrepancy between your student’s exam scores and their practical performance? They understand the one plus one mathematics but will face a real dilemma when presented with the same scenario in context. One of the best ways to assess your student’...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Do we understand customer service ?

Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest”. Some have even established schools purposely for training...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Competency-based curriculum is the way to go

At the recently concluded national dialogue attended by educationists and education policy makers, a call was made to revolutionise education for the country’s sustainable development. How best can this call be achieved for a knowledgeable future generation and a self-sustaining economy? For...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Master that spelling forever: Drop or retain the last 'e' in a word

Commonly, the last letter ‘e’ in a word is dropped when the word changes tense or, for another part of speech (parts of speech are nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and etcetera). The word ‘hope’ drops the ‘e’ in hoping; ‘e’ is also dropped in...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Teeth tales

Even when the concept of time is abstract, cannot be touched or seen, man still somehow has managed to measure time in various ways. The ancient world fascinated by this great phenomenon used the sun in various ways, whereas the Egyptians used sun dials, others depended on the shadows it created...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Why strengthening teachers' capacity on comprehensive education is important

According to Rwanda’s 2013/14-2017/18 Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), the need for a more innovative approach to inclusive education to improve enrolment, progression, transition and completion rates of the most vulnerable population is paramount. The new competency-based curriculum...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Exam results: How best to deal with poor grades

The Primary Leaving Examination and O-Level results released last week indicated that, generally, most candidates performed well. And is the practice, people tend to encourage, praise and give all manner of tribute to the star performers. However, those not so lucky to have excelled find...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

350 refugee students receive vocational training

Last Friday, 350 Congolese refugee students in Rwanda completed a six-week vocational training in permaculture, plumbing, electrical installation and hair dressing at Gitwe Adventist School, Ruhango District in Southern Province. The training was facilitated by the Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am