Students

Boarding schools want more govt support to finance students from poor families

Managers of public boarding schools have called on the Government to set up funding for students from vulnerable families who excel in national exams. The call follows complaints from some head teachers that boarding secondary schools have been plunged into debt because some parents fail to cater...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:27am

Are students ready for third term?

Schools have reopened for the third and last term of the academic year, and a number of students have resumed the learning process. And, there is a lot to be done during this term. This is the time candidates prepare for their final examinations, as other students work hard to ensure they are...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:40am

Schools urged to take students for regular nature study tours

Nature Rwanda, a local conservation organisation, has urged schools to include study tours in the learning programme. This, they say, will give students the opportunity to observe many things in wildlife that are not available at school, and strengthen their education as they will get to see what...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:27pm

Why a parent’s role is essential to student success

Getting parents involved in their children’s learning, especially at home, is known to make a real difference and potentially has a much bigger impact on a child’s success at school than anything else. Every student has unlimited potential. But there are contributing factors that can...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:10am

Get to know your students

Dear Counsellor, I was hired as a ‘student teacher’ at my former school. My assignments are quite simple, out-of-class assignments, so I don’t actually have any subjects I teach. However, students have refused to take me seriously and continue to ridicule me every time I’m...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:45pm

Imbuto, partners tip students on how to join leading universities

More than 150 high school students and over 26 educators from East and Southern African regions are meeting at Gashora Girls School in Bugesera District where they are being trained on how to apply to the US and other international universities. Dubbed the Yale Young African Scholars Educators...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 8:53am

The promise of inclusive education

WASHINGTON, DC – Ali Moussa and Mahmoud are sixth graders in Zanzibar. Both boys are nearly blind and use recording devices and braille machines to read. But, thanks to their school and teacher, they are able to keep pace with their peers in the mainstream primary school that they attend....

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:14pm

Stay out of trouble

What you need to accomplish your academic goals is discipline. The main players in any academic situation are students, teachers and parents, however, primary responsibility regarding good discipline lies with students; they should adhere to school rules and regulations. Usually, there’re...

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 8:29pm

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 - 7:48pm

Government to create ‘skills database’ for varsity graduates

Plans to establish a ‘skills database’ that will record all university graduates in the country are under way, and the database will be operational before the end of this year, the Ministry of Public Service and Labour has revealed. Faustin Mwambali, the director general for employment...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:31am

Adopt a liberal classroom to boost performance

As we reminisce on our day of liberation, I can’t help but reflect on its materiality in education. Have you ever wondered why toddlers are filled with excitement to go to school and will grab a pen and a book whenever an opportunity arises to doodle unceasingly? What then makes them hate...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:27pm

Focus on your strengths

Dear Counsellor, I am in S2 and an excellent arts student but I really do poorly in sciences.  I have tried to get help from fellow students and even teachers but my performance in those subjects does not improve. Am I just slow? Why can’t I grasp those topics like I do in literature...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:01pm

Put action where your mouth is

You’ve heard the term “put your money where your mouth is”, meaning back up what you say and don’t just dish out advice that you don’t follow yourself, or spew an opinion that you can’t or won’t stand behind. However, I think there is a key word that needs...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 8:53pm

How best can students utilise time between high school and college?

Yvette Rutyaha, a senior six student at Lycee De Kigali in Gisozi earned over Rwf1 million from a technology application she created aimed at eradicating environmental disasters. Her app, K-Tech, excelled last year at the ‘global technovation’ competition held in Kigali through kLab at...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:03pm

Classroom practices that enhance learning

To assume that any two classrooms are similar is an incredible misjudgement. Even in the same classroom, a teacher may experience different vibes on different days irrespective of how long they have taught the class and their experience in teaching. Nevertheless, there are classroom practices that...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:41pm

Students win capital for business projects

On Friday, Akilah Institution students engaged in a competition aimed at promoting their entrepreneurship skills, and winners were awarded capital for their projects. The students presented business plans in front of a panel of judges and fellow students, explaining why they chose the business,...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 8:06pm

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 - 7:53pm

Know your rights: Conduct of a teacher with regard to the students

As children get older, they spend more and more time at school, interacting with educators.  To govern the important interaction, Ministerial Order N° 004/2016 of 08/01/2016 was established to govern the code of conduct of headmasters, teachers and students. Article 5 of the Ministerial...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 9:36pm

Co-curricular activities; helping learners nurture their interests

It’s believed that helping learners build a future outside the classroom is vital. Educationists suggest a balanced routine, with social skills well-accounted for as ‘education should be more than just books’. How can they be helped? Paul Swaga, an English instructor at Akilah...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:49pm

How to engage students in large classes

Teaching a large class poses many challenges, including student disengagement and feelings of alienation, which can erode students’ sense of responsibility and lead to behaviours that reflect and promote lack of engagement. It gets worse when the class is conducted in a large lecture hall...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:02pm