Pontian Kabeera

Empower the teacher and achieve quality education

Over the years, especially during my lower primary days, my favourite teacher was the one that made any young child, less interested in home work stress.  Needless to say, after multiple years of administrative experience and teacher evaluations, my perspective has changed. My current...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 10:50 PM

College students are changing and so should our higher education policies

It is a normal busy evening at the University of Kigali and other Universities across Rwanda. Many students are running against time to attend class while others are calmly getting out to board their way home. Before you know it, some smartly dressed students are staged somewhere with an aura of...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 10:37 PM

How students abroad become a target for brain drain

Like any maturing child in the family, there are disciplines that must be  highly regarded and so was my  first discourse with the man mandated with the responsibilities of guiding and supervising all my academic engagements through-out my doctoral course.  He said, “Welcome to...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 11:41 PM

Let’s use technology to facilitate learning

Teaching and learning are two different variables that have been evolving over the years. New techniques have been invented to improve both components. It is in light of this that technology has emerged and is steadily holding a tight grip on the education system. This has surprisingly made...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 10:14 PM

Why teacher leadership is the way to go

I think it is safe to say that Rwanda will meet its development agenda by 2020, given the fact that the primary players in the country’s development effort now have the missing piece of the puzzle. Still uplifted by the news about the new teacher training programme that is significant to...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 9:54 PM

Rewards and school attendance; the two misunderstood concepts

As university students prepare to go back to school, other students are already settled in and their minds are coming to grips with the school reality.  Well, to some students, returning for the start of another academic year could be the most challenging time for them. Whereas some children...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 11:33 PM

Addressing graduates’ employment challenges

Globally, job searching after finishing studies is still an issue, and so the youth call for flexible channels through which they can join the employment field.  During a recently concluded symposium in China organised by the Embassy of Botswana, where the country’s President was the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:48 PM

Why we need internationalisation of higher education

Students in higher institutions of learning are heading back to school, at local and international universities. I was, however, intrigued by the large number of students registered at South African universities. Many questions idled in my mind. South Africa is said to be the hub of quality...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9:42 PM

Overcoming contrast between individual views of learning

Our understanding of learning differs today, with all most everyone having an opinion on how best learning can be effected. And with this, we have predicaments in teaching and learning. The concept of learning continues to be a serious challenge to teachers and students, thus compromising...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 10:14 PM

Parents are their children’s first teachers

There havebeen debates regarding learners’ education and behaviour, for example, is it a 50/50 responsibility between teachers and parents? Who is responsible for how they grow? Some educationists/motivational speakers during conferences say that with quality education and parenting,...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 8:57 PM

Students should be included in curriculum development

In the 20 years — and counting — that I have attended school, many things have happened that are of importance; but one vital thing is the need for curriculum developers to let go of traditional approaches of execution regarding syllabus development. Students are primary stakeholders...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7:48 PM

Good student-teacher link will guarantee success

To this day, Monday mornings have a hold on me. It’s been 12 years since I sat in a mathematics class, and it occurred to my teacher that I was always late and unbothered, because I didn’t like the subject, or the person who taught it for that matter. I might have been the only one who...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:48 PM

Dress for success: School uniform’s significance to education

In the early hours of the morning, students of Lycée de Kigali are seen moving with haste, trying to make it to school on time and evade the dreaded “late comers” list. At this very time, many other people are also in a hurry, worried about being late for work. It is such a busy time...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:31 PM

Research: An overlooked but significant aspect

Last month, students in various universities across China finalised their dissertation, and this included dedicating time to academic activities and attaining all the necessary requirements to get their degrees. Being inquisitive, I put on hold my daily engagements to follow some of the students...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:00 AM

Reforms in education will enhance quality

The Germans were right when they decided to change their education system. Today, they are among the world’s economic giants — a status many observers believe was achieved after making necessary changes in their education system. But even before Germany, 10 years after the American...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Africa must empower its citizens to reach their full potential – Kayonga

The Rwandan envoy to China, Amb. Charles Kayonga, has called upon African leaders to empower their countries’ citizens to reach their full potential and march towards a more affluent future. The envoy, who currently doubles as the representative of the Chairperson of the African Union in...

Monday, May 28, 2018, 5:00 AM

A ‘stiff classroom’ can limit a student’s creativity

If you take a walk around any school in the early hours of the day, or late evening, especially at higher institutions of learning that offer evening programmes, you can notice the ‘stiff’ nature of some teachers. The silence during class hours at some of these schools does not suggest...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:45 PM

Learning as a freedom of practice: Revisiting our curriculum is paramount

Issues with my eyes as early as 2000 and my first visit to Kampala for the treatment later that year remains indistinct but also a good dare only to be realised after 18 years. In the face of  very painful eyes, I bumped into my 9-year-old cousin. His eloquence and confidence struck me. The...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8:46 PM

Are schools working to achieve sustainable development?

My first day at school remains a mystery in the journey of my education. Growing up in the village meant two things had to be done every day before setting out for school; helping out the herdsmen and digging around the kraal. Obviously my worst was digging; little did I know that on starting...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 10:52 PM

Rethinking the role of teachers

The entire theory of teaching and the role of teachers are widely discussed concepts all over the world. Every week, many conferences on professionalism, development and teacher reform policies are held in various parts of the world. However, it is strange that many countries are not sure about...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 10:53 PM

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