Education

The Heads of Schools retreat commendable

Last weekend, the heads of primary and secondary schools retreat that was held at Amahoro National Stadium was a stitch in time. The retreat was the first of its kind and focused on a pertinent theme, “School management for quality education.” The Minister of Education must have been cognizant of...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Every exam should be an opportunity to curb cheating

As you read this, many school going children have started their end of term examinations already. This period marks the end of normal teaching but not quite a rest period for the teachers. Anyone who has had the chance to stand teach will be quick to confirm that marking student’s examination...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 12:00am

Cervical cancer campaign in schools impressive

The Rwandan Government’s move to administer HPV vaccine for all adolescent girls(12-15 years) in schools was not only timely but also worth applause. The move was not just an act of execution of the Government’s duty. It was a robust move aimed at mitigating the suffering of women especially,...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Students should not be afraid of learning

Fear is the only impediment to learning. Fear is common when learning because as human beings, we are always concerned about how society perceives us and therefore some of us are afraid of going the extra mile. This is because learning implies the presence of ignorance. This ignorance is viewed...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:00am

The stage is set for academic action

On Easter Monday, schools reopened their doors for students. It was the peak season for stationery stores and banks as parents and guardians lined up in long queues to either buy scholastic materials or pay school fees. On Sunday, only BCR bank was open. This complicated the process of school fees...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Schools reopening is not a ritual

A ritual is simply a set of actions performed for their symbolic value. Rituals may be prescribed by the religions we ascribe to or the traditions of the communities we belong to. Greetings are probably the commonest rituals that we are expected to perform each time we meet other people. It is for...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:00am

Are illiteracy and ignorance different?

There is a very thin line between illiteracy and ignorance. If asked to choose between the two, a stifling dilemma would be presented; this could be likened to a chicken and egg situation. Can one be illiterate and ignorant? As you mull on your answer, let’s make a brief reference to the greatest...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Debate on ‘bourse’ has run its course

At the end of last year, news concerning the decision by Government to halt the monthly welfare stipend (‘bourse’ in French) offered to university students and channelling the same funds to the lower sections of the education sector was shocking. The money is to be pumped into the Nine-Year Basic...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 12:00am

Coaching approach to Human Resource Management

Coaching is an intervention that awakens the innate potential within individuals. Therefore, I would like to introduce the importance of coaching in the Human Resource Management (HRM) function, starting with recruitment. Human Resource Management may be defined as the strategic and coherent...

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:00am

Levelling the ground on teacher motivation

Tomorrow most schools will break off for holidays to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This week has been characterised by teachers struggling to mark students’ examination scripts and compiling marks so that students can go home with their report cards. Anyone who has taught in a...

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:00am

Encourage Entrepreneurship studies

There has been a dilemma in many secondary schools over whether this year’s ‘O’ level Entrepreneurship candidates will sit for the paper in November. As a result, many candidates have been grappling with the issue of studying the subject for the purpose of passing the paper. It is quite...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Competition fosters quality

The education sector has undergone various transformations over time. The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was a moment that set the sector back several years since most of the infrastructure was destroyed. In the same disaster, thousands of teaching personnel were killed while others fled the...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:00am

Peace programmes in schools are important

Peace programs in education institutions are desperately needed if conflicts in society and schools are to be drastically reduced or eliminated. The success or failure of the peace programs can seriously impinge on national, regional and global peace. Schools, as the basic learning centers for the...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 12:00am

Time lost is never regained

Every time schools re-open, I find myself tackling the same theme in this column. And I am not about to stop until I see some positive change. I am so incensed by the lack of importance attached to the school opening day. This day is set by the Ministry of Education and is supposed to be respected...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 12:00am

Teacher’s Mind

By Allan Brian Ssenyonga Dealing with students’ distractions During my university days, classes of Andragogy (the science of teaching adults) introduced me to a concept known as ‘a teachable moment.’ A teachable moment refers to that time when a learner is in the best moods to take in what is...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:00am

Teacher’s Mind

By Allan Brian Ssenyonga Dealing with students’ distractions During my university days, classes of Andragogy (the science of teaching adults) introduced me to a concept known as ‘a teachable moment.’ A teachable moment refers to that time when a learner is in the best moods to take in what is...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:00am

Education, creativity key to good job

BY MARGARET THATCHER Education is one key to a good job. In today’s job market what you know determines what you earn. The more knowledgeable you are, the more opportunities. Let’s say that you were to find yourself one day with nothing to do. For example, you are sitting watching TV and the...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 12:00am