Education

Utubindi twa Rubona: Rwanda's hidden past

About four kilometres off the main Kayonza-Nyagatare road in Tubindi village of Gatsibo District is a cluster of holes drilled in form of pots, but without necks and rims. The pits are part of an ancient cultural site on hard granite rock where present day Rubona Primary school is located in...

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Late coming in school: Should students be sent back home?

It is the early bird that catches the worm. The moral behind this saying is simply routed in time management and the benefits that come with keeping time. Time management is a process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities to increase...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

How to overcome education anxiety

Usually, as school opens, the excitement that springs from reunion of students is almost met with the same quantum of home-sickness that hover over the learners’ belonging and feeling. Examination anxiety is a combination of perceived psychological arousal, feeling of worry, fear and tension...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Carnegie Mellon University (Rwanda): Going beyond degrees

On July 24, the first masters’ intake graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) two years after the programme started. Ranked among the 25 top higher learning institutions globally, the university came to Rwanda at the government’s invitation, as part of the latter’s strategy to achieve an...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Literacy: Rwandan students simply won't find time to read in English

Amola Umukani is a Senior 4 student, but has never read a single fiction story written in the English language. “I’ve never read a fiction story in English,” she says. Amola is one of the many students in the country whose language of instruction in class is English but struggle...

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

How to utilise the holiday effectively

The holiday is around the corner. And this means students will have time off from the usual school routine to relax and share a great deal of time with family, friends and guardians. However, from the famed adage that goes; ‘an idle mind is a devil’s workshop’, there is a certain...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Mukarutamu left a career in accounting for a blackboard

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. For a second, I mistook the entreprenuership lesson for a drama or comedy class. But it was not. I quickly realised that in...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

Dakar education resolutions: How is Rwanda fairing?

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. The global forum held under the theme “Education For All” (EFA), set out six goals aimed at addressing the learning needs of all children,...

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00am

INSPIRATION:In pursuit of success

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 as the pastor kept us guessing what this most popular word would be.‘SUCCESS,’ he noted....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:00am

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

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 all sorts of questions and interesting stories to share. I used the opportunity to find out what he was doing with his life. I learnt that he had...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:00am

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 I have travelled, interacted and made severalobservations. It goes without saying that education is a pillar of development. Development is a...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:00am

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 throwing the whole essence of education and training into the culvert.A look at the job entry requirements leaves one wondering...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 12:00am

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 rankings with respect to Africa and the EAC in particular.Try and Google the top best 100 Universities in the world...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

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. I am using the word ‘some’ to leave room for those who consider the day to be just another manufactured holiday with...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 12:00am

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 things that YOU can do RIGHT NOW to start your job search!Decide what matters to YOU. Your parents may have dreams of you becoming the next CEO of...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 12:00am

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 time someone looks at you determines a great part of their perception about you. That is why when one is preparing for a first date or interview...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 12:00am

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 achievers in school selections. The overriding factor in the selection of schools on the part of benefactors is good...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:00am

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 country and how a lot has to be done in order for us not to lose this fight. Different   things can be done to improve the...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 12:00am

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. They seek to have equal representation in each region in schools rated as national and provincial. Schools in local areas such as villages are left to admit...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:00am

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 as those that should have been. It is kind of like writing a report card for the year 2011. The year 2011 saw education sector continue in its...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:00am