Allan Brian Ssenyonga

Teacher’s mind: Sick candidates should be exempted from exams

Very early on Sunday, November 4, a student came knocking at my door. At first I hesitated to wake up because even though it was a Sunday I did not have any intentions of going for prayers, and more so not that early in the morning cold. After about two minutes I decided to open the window to see...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 12:00 AM

Examinations are for the prepared

It is largely believed that everything in life is determined by fate or call it luck. It is further argued that we cannot control this luck. We are simply helpless victims of our fate. However, mankind is not a species made for defeat. He has transformed his environment created many new things...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

Teacher’s mind: Report cards: Watch out for forgeries

Honest effort ought to be rewarded with honest rewards. Evidence of such rewards should also be presented genuinely. I am talking about students’ report cards. By the end of this week, most students not in candidate classes will return home after the closure of the academic year 2007. Some...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 12:00 AM

Teacher’s mind: Dealing with high school candidates’ indiscipline

In 2000, I was in my final year of secondary school. I was filled with an overwhelming (and unjustified) sense of importance and had hair so long you could hardly tell whether I was a student or a part time thug. Seven years down the road I am now a teacher and when I see students repeating my own...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 12:00 AM

Teacher’s Mind

Are teachers happy about being teachers? Would they rather be something else given half the chance? Do they weep at night cursing why on earth they ended up in this profession? From the interactions I have had with most of my colleagues, most of the above questions would be answered with a yes. But...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 12:00 AM

Relationships: Are your Internet admirers real?

You have certainly heard a lot about how technology is making human life a much better experience. When it comes to communications technology, it is often argued that it has actually narrowed the world into a sort of global village. But do you really believe this entire hullabaloo about technology...

Saturday, October 6, 2007, 12:00 AM

Quality teachers for quality education

October 5 is internationally recognized as World Teachers’ Day. As a writer who has had of late an obsession with this idea of days celebrated as International or World days, I could not fail to note today since I am also a teacher. Yes, it is our day! The day, which has been observed...

Friday, October 5, 2007, 12:00 AM

Teachers: Set the examinations bar high

Anyone who spends time acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes in school must be allowed time to prove their worth. Now that the academic year is slowly coming to an end, teachers countrywide are busy preparing final exams for their students. By now students should be busy preparing for these...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 12:00 AM

Emphasis needed for international languages

For some reason, almost every day of the year is ‘World’ something day. In fact if I had my way, then I guess my birthday would be ‘World Ssenyonga Day.’ While surfing the World Wide Web (Internet) recently, I came to learn that the 26th of every September is supposed to be the European Day of...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 12:00 AM

Ignoring TZ going to be EAC’s first challenge

Getting together is always simpler than staying together. The simple reason being that getting together is often merely a decision that can be made on impulse. After deciding to get together one is faced with the challenges of bearing with the negatives of that each party has brought into the...

Monday, September 24, 2007, 12:00 AM

Teacher’s mind : The trouble of retaining good teachers

One time I attended a meeting that brought together teachers, parents as well as students of candidate classes. Among the issues on the table was how to improve the academic performance of the candidates. Before devising strategies to improve on the performance of the students, the problems that...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 12:00 AM

Give candidates extra attention

I believe many of you reading this have been candidates at one point in life. You certainly know what it feels when days start to matter more than usual. The third term is usually characterised by a certain degree of fear as all students wait for the ‘moment of truth.’ During my schools in...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 12:00 AM

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