Education

Double-shift phase out; are schools prepared?

As students resume classes this week, some changes were made by the Ministry of Education. For instance, at primary level, students will have to study eight hours per day yet previously, under the double shift system, they studied for only six hours. Education Times’ Lydia Atieno takes a look at...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Education is important for your development

Dear counsellor, my mother recently opened a retail shop in town which we welcomed as a family since she is the one who takes care of us. However, last week she told me to stop school and help her at the shop. I have been feeling bad about it but I don’t know how to approach or convince her...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: The DVD

In the early 1990s, if someone wanted to watch a movie, they would have to pay a fee to borrow a VHS tape from a movie store. The VHS tape was the size of a brick, only lighter. It had space for only one movie and was susceptible to destruction. Then, several motion picture and electronic...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

The suspension of penalty

For crimes whose punishment is a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, sometimes the judge can decide to suspend the penalty. The suspension of a penalty, as defined by article 85 of the Penal Code of Rwanda, is a judge’s decision to wait to send the perpetrator to jail. Basically,...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Embrace performance-based assessments

Have you ever wondered what causes the discrepancy between your student’s exam scores and their practical performance? They understand the one plus one mathematics but will face a real dilemma when presented with the same scenario in context. One of the best ways to assess your student’...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Do we understand customer service ?

Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees “who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest”. Some have even established schools purposely for training...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Competency-based curriculum is the way to go

At the recently concluded national dialogue attended by educationists and education policy makers, a call was made to revolutionise education for the country’s sustainable development. How best can this call be achieved for a knowledgeable future generation and a self-sustaining economy? For...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Master that spelling forever: Drop or retain the last 'e' in a word

Commonly, the last letter ‘e’ in a word is dropped when the word changes tense or, for another part of speech (parts of speech are nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and etcetera). The word ‘hope’ drops the ‘e’ in hoping; ‘e’ is also dropped in...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Teeth tales

Even when the concept of time is abstract, cannot be touched or seen, man still somehow has managed to measure time in various ways. The ancient world fascinated by this great phenomenon used the sun in various ways, whereas the Egyptians used sun dials, others depended on the shadows it created...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Why strengthening teachers' capacity on comprehensive education is important

According to Rwanda’s 2013/14-2017/18 Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), the need for a more innovative approach to inclusive education to improve enrolment, progression, transition and completion rates of the most vulnerable population is paramount. The new competency-based curriculum...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:00am

Exam results: How best to deal with poor grades

The Primary Leaving Examination and O-Level results released last week indicated that, generally, most candidates performed well. And is the practice, people tend to encourage, praise and give all manner of tribute to the star performers. However, those not so lucky to have excelled find...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

350 refugee students receive vocational training

Last Friday, 350 Congolese refugee students in Rwanda completed a six-week vocational training in permaculture, plumbing, electrical installation and hair dressing at Gitwe Adventist School, Ruhango District in Southern Province. The training was facilitated by the Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

The anti-resolutions teachers must make for 2018

The heading of this article is appalling, perhaps even conveniently misleading, but so is the reality of resolutions. It is the New Year, a time to start making promises to yourself that you know you will not keep. Since we almost always end up doing the opposite, why not employ reverse psychology...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Origins of ordinary things: The cardboard box

Every home has, at one time or another, made use of the cardboard box. It is a simple and yet handy item that comes in different sizes. It’s very useful for packing and keeping a variety of things such as food, clothing and even building material. The first semblance of a cardboard box was...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

The right to protection from being battered and body injury

There is no justification for violence against a fellow human being and that’s why it’s illegal and punishable by the Penal Code of Rwanda. Article 148 of the Penal Code says, “Any person who intentionally causes injuries to another, or beats or commits any serious acts of...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

The importance of recycling

Recycling is important if we want to preserve this planet for our future generations. It is good for the environment, since we are making new products from the old products which are of no use to us. Recycling begins at home; if you are not throwing away any of your old products and instead...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

How is your child feeding at school?

It was after joining the employment field that I got time to reflect on the famous ‘porridge fees’ as was commonly termed in primary school. My worst days in lower primary were always when the head teacher surfaced to address the students; I knew many students were going to be sent home...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Discover meaning of some English words...Words with 'con' and 'com'

You can finally become a dictionary yourself without necessarily cramming the meaning of every word. There are many ways of coming to meaning of a word and one of them is studying the parts that make that word (prefixes, infixes and suffixes). Compare the parts of the word with other words that...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Timelessness: What is time?

Time is a common phenomenon that is intricately interwoven in our daily lives but what is it? Many questions arise when time is mentioned. For instance, is it the change that we see in the mirror when we look at the footprints of time on our everchanging faces? But if we cannot see, taste or touch...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:00am

Is it a happy new you?

At a particular point in time, some people have chosen to say that a year has elapsed and a new one has begun. But who says so? Well as the Christian year which follows the Gregorian calendar commences on the first day of January ( believed to be the day Jesus got circumcised); the Chinese are...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00am