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Education reform yes, but when timely

09-29-2016 Many reforms have been introduced recently in the Burundi educational system from basic to higher education. This school year 2016-2017, the first class of the basic school system adopted in 2013 in primary and secondary education started their first year of post-basic school. The schooling system provides trade learning (...)
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Private school representation decries the order to follow public school regulations

09-28-2016 François Ngeze, the president of the national Association of Private Schools (known by its French acronym UPEP), decries the measure by the ministry of education requiring those schools to abide by the same regulations concerning post-basic school placement as public schools. He argues that if private schools admit in (...)
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The new School year starting with Post-Fundamental System

09-27-2016 On 26 September, all public schools including primary and secondary schools started the new school year 2016-2017 with the first candidates of the “Fundamental School” system. There are some innovations despite challenges. Queues of people were formed in front of the offices of secondary schools’ headmasters. Parents, pupils and (...)
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The School of Excellence starts with the 7thgrade alone

09-26-2016 Contrary to plan, the School of Excellence programme will open for 7th graders only. It will not open for the first year of the post-basic school starting with this new school year 2016-2017. The Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research gives two reasons for the decision: the (...)
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Youth has power to transform Burundi, visiting students say

09-23-2016 Students of Hope Africa University and the Lake Tanganyika University of Bujumbura organized a peace workshop, Youth and Active Peace in Great Lakes Region, in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 21 to 22 September. Students from 20 universities in Burundi, Rwanda and Congo took part. “By constructive actions, the youth is (...)
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Parents request supervision plan for pupils sent out of school for a year

09-22-2016 To protect their children sent out of school for an entire school year from harm and distractions, parents ask the government to think of a way to keep those pupils in a school atmosphere. Amidst the worry of seeing the life and future of their children jeopardized, parents from (...)
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Rotary Club Bujumbura-Ingoma Assists 350 Albinos with School kits

09-20-2016 This Monday, 19 September, Rotary Club Bujumbura-Ingoma granted assistance of 3480 copybooks and 550 pens to 350 pupils of the association “Albinos sans Frontières”. “Each one will receive ten copybooks”, said Dieudonné Gahungu, the chairman of Rotary Club Bujumbura-Ingoma. According to him, this activity aims at supporting the community (...)
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School of Excellence Candidates under-informed about selection test

09-15-2016 Candidates for the School of Excellence in municipal Bujumbura Education Direction claim they didn’t know well who was eligible for the selection test. The Director says it was probably due to changes in the eligibility instructions. Some candidates for the school of excellence selection test did not have necessary (...)
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Parents question whether “schools of excellence” will yield better results

09-13-2016 The idea of “schools of excellence” is viewed with skepticism by parents who doubt the schools will yield better results. The Ministry of Education claims the outcome will be positive as learners will be in an environment conducive to quality learning. Parents are questioning whether the new “schools of (...)
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Unusual market of school materialsworries retailers

09-02-2016 For small traders downtown Bujumbura, the business of school supplies has unexpectedly lost its lure these days. This is due to a sluggish demand paired with high prices at the wholesalers’. Sellingschool equipment in the inner city of Bujumbura is unusually less profitable so far in this period of (...)