Mukarutamu left a career in accounting for a blackboard

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She stands close to the chalk board with a beaming smile. As if to grab the learners' attention, Domitile Mukarutamu cracks a joke and the class bursts into laughter.

Dakar education resolutions: How is Rwanda fairing?

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The six education goals set out at a global education forum in Dakar, Senegal, in April 2000, are within reach in Rwanda, education officials say.

INSPIRATION:In pursuit of success

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This week I was reminded about the title of one sermon I listened to a couple of years back, titled ‘the most popular word.’ The entire congregation’s anxiety levels increased...

Teacher’s mind:Career guidance is still a major problem

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Last week I found myself in an interesting conversation with a former student of mine. Thanks to Facebook he was (and so was I) happy to link up and had...

Education for development

I was born and bred in one of the East African countries and feel proudly so. I have been fairly educated and feel good about it; however over the years...

Who will employ fresh graduates?

This week I want to pose a pertinent question: Where will fresh graduates get job-market experience? The trends in the labor market are so worrying even to an extent of...

EAC Education Protocols can improve the region’s University rankings

Talk about the East African Community (EAC) education protocols has waned in the recent past. I want to re-awaken the debate with my disillusionment over the issue of world university...

Introducing Mr. Clark, the disciplinarian

Tuesday 14th February is St. Valentine’s Day. A day when people for some reason show unusual love and caring to those they consider most deserving of the same.

A senior’s guide to job searching

Calling all SENIORS! NOW is a good time to start looking ahead to your future, and for some of you, this might mean looking for a job. Here are 10...

First impressions matter; make them memorable

In life, first impressions do matter a lot, as they tend to last for ages. We always remember the first time we met our spouses and friends too. The first...

What makes a great school?

After the release of the PLE and ‘O’ level national examinations, attention has now shifted from the merry cheers of the great achievers to the gnashing teeth of the low...

It helps to know your students

Many times I have hit the drum on how discipline is the core for success in an education setting. I have complained about the despicable levels of discipline in this...

The Quota system is as good as it is bad

Many education systems in Africa have a system of selecting students to join secondary schools after sitting Primary Leaving Examinations.

2011 is gone but it could have been better

This being the last article of the year 2011, it is only logical that I run through some of the issues that have been significant through the year as well...

All schools can excel

Imagine this; all schools having standard classrooms, dormitory facilities, qualified teaching and administration staff members, equipped science laboratories, well-outfitted libraries and everything that can be found in a school. It...

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...