Give me centres of excellence not a merger

The new Education Minister Dr. Vincent Biruta is already grabbing newspaper headlines inches after taking on the new task of steering Rwanda’s education sector forward. At the beginning of the...

Understanding your child’s learning style

Educators generally agree that there are three main learning styles: visual, auditory and experience (tactile/ kinesthetic learning. However, studies have shown that no one uses one of the styles exclusively,...

How parents can connect with children this holiday

School holidays are always an interesting time for school going children. Many would be insincere if they said they enjoyed school more than the holidays. It is a time to...

What were kids doing at a dancehall music concert?

Today I will start by making a confession. On my 18th birthday I begged my big sister to drive me to a discotheque in Kampala. As a young adolescent I...

Culture and morals are inseparable

Whether or not we have a culture, is easily likened to if we have morals or not. What is our culture? Have the different cultural values of different communities melted...

What causes peer pressure?

Students have all the time this holiday to spend it as they wish. So many are out and about in small and big groups around town. However, we need to...

Let us not run away from the issue of discipline

It is said to be the foundation of all success and I cannot agree more. Discipline is not something to play around with especially in our school system. Without discipline...

Affirmative action is a boost to girls’ performance

Unlike the past decades that have been overwhelmingly patriarchal, women, today, can look around and see the likes of German’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Liberia’s President Johnson Sirleaf and several other...

Soft learning during holidays

The feeling of liberation after completing the last examination in high school is always so breathtaking and universal in a way. I remember removing my uniform shirt after the last...

Exams will prove candidate’s English ability

Part of last week and the better part of this week and next week will be the day secondary school candidates write their final examinations. It will also be a...

During exams small things deserve utmost attention

Yesterday the national examinations for Senior Three and Six candidates kicked off across the country. Since other classes broke off for their holidays last week, the candidates have the schools...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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