Education

Helping learners avoid negative peer influence

As children grow, they seek buddies — people of the same age group that they can relate to and bond with. As they enter teenage years, friends become an important feature in their lives, often having the power to influence them entirely.  Teenagers copy a great deal from their friends...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:32pm

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

Editorial: Govt needs strict school inspectorate and severe sanctions

During a recent inspection tour of our education system, which was carried out as part of the Quality Education Enhancement Awareness Campaign, a lot of surprises awaited the team. Books were gathering dust yet students needed them; laptops under the One Laptop Per Child programme were neatly...

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:49am

How firm is implementation of peace education?

Two years back, the government initiated peace studies in the curriculum. This was done with an aim of looking at how best peace can be integrated into humanity courses like history, religion, social studies, among others, which in the end would facilitate the prevention of conflict and peace...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:52pm

Be more sensitive to students

The slipshod back-to-school attitude and the usual holiday hangover aside, the students you are receiving from this break are also affected by the general remorse and melancholy of the mourning period, something likely to impact their functioning in school. This then calls for special care and...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:26pm

Make use of the knowledge you gain in school

My parents are always shouting at me about my grades. I’m not a smart student; I try to do revision but I still fail. I’ve even approached friends to help me, which they do, but I don’t pass the tests as well as they do. My sister makes fun of me and calls me stupid and now, I...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:27pm