The Ministry of Education has trained six thousand teachers countrywide on how to handle cases of genocide ideology in schools. The training, which comes on the back of a recent damning parliamentary report, was last month during the school holidays. Schools re-opened countrywide last week.
The State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Joseph Murekeraho, said that sensitising teachers on the prevailing consequences of genocide ideology could help eliminate the vice out of schools.
“A teacher who harbours ideology of genocide could spoil students and other teachers as well,” Murekeraho said.
He called on teachers to spearhead the fight against genocide ideology in schools
Ecole D’art de Nyundo, a catholic founded vocational institute under Nyundo Diocese, was quoted in the MPs report among the most tainted schools in Rubavu. The institute’s head teacher is currently on charges related to genocide ideology.
Teachers were equipped with skilful disciplines, which include being comfortable with explaining the content to students, having a sense of humour, setting high expectations for their students and hold the students to those expectations, management skills and many others.
“We’re trying to equip our teachers with various techniques to ensure smooth running of schools countrywide and to enable teachers view teaching as a career,” Murekeraho said.
Each school was represented by three persons- the head teacher and two teachers.
Meanwhile Mukeraho has called on parents to buy covered shoes for their school-going children to enable them perform well.
The minister said when some students put on shoes and others put on slippers it ‘creates a sense of inferiority to those who wear slippers during school time.’
“In such cases, students who wear sandals and slippers are inclined to see themselves as less fortunate, a situation that can create an adverse impact on their learning,” he said.
He reasoned that when students have the same uniform (shoes and clothes), it allow the students to see themselves as equal, thereby minimizing the problems associated with the poor and the rich.