Education
' Teenage girls at school

8% of adolescent girls fell pregnant in Burundi, reveals ISTEEBU report

01-19-2018 Eight percent of teenage girls fall pregnant early in the country, reveals the 3rd 2016-2017 Demographic and Health Survey conducted by Burundi Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (ISTEEBU). Ignorance about reproductive health is one of the main causes. Teenage pregnancy rate is high at 10% in urban areas, (...)
' Students  during the break

Delay in getting teaching materials in post-basic schools to affect learning

01-11-2018 The basic education system is still faced with some challenges. Post-basic classes have not yet got teaching materials which are given per trimester. This may affect the whole year program and students’ learning in general. Kelly Kaze, a student in the second year post-basic school, fears that this delay (...)
' Janvière Ndirahisha: “It’s better to have relevant information before applying for e-learning programs”

Beware of e-learning, warns Education Minister

01-05-2018 Janvière Ndirahisha, Minister of Education has recently alerted students and parents who applied for virtual learning that they must have relevant information before applying. “All parents having children who wish to pursue their studies through e-learning in foreign universities, institutes and foundations whether in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania or (...)
' Students  during the break

One-week holiday not enough to start well another term, say pupils

01-03-2018 All public and private schools have started the second term of 2017-2018 school year this 2 January. At Lycée Gisenyi, a boarding school located in the capital Bujumbura, pupils were coming in twos and threes. Nunu Jacqueline, headmistress of the school, says students are few due to the last (...)
' Emmanuel Mashandari: “This is a hasty decision which may negatively affect school results”

Shortening holidays for primary and secondary pupils may affect school results

12-06-2017 The Ministry of Education has recently decided to shorten holiday periods in primary and secondary schools. Education professionals say this decision may negatively affect school results. Jeanine Ihorihoze, Managing Director at the Education Ministry, said there is a need to increase the teaching period in order to complete the (...)
' Poverty in families is the leading cause of cases of school dropout

Over 20 thousand pupils drop out of school in Ngozi

11-03-2017 School drop-out rate increases in Ngozi Province. Parents say they are worried. Around 20,555 school children dropped out of school in Ngozi Province during the 2016-2017 school-year. The number of boys who abandoned their studies amounts to 10,534 while girls are 10,021. For the post-basic school, the rate also (...)
' Students will leave schools at 13:55 p.m.

Secondary school teachers complain about new timetable

10-18-2017 The class course duration in the secondary schools has increased from 45 to 55 minutes. Teachers and students complain about the new decision. Courses start every morning at 7:30 and end at 13:55 p.m. instead of 13:00 p.m. as scheduled previously. Even if the ministerial ordinance has not been (...)
' Niyongabo Gerard: “We intend to appeal to the National Commission for  Social Dialogue”

Local Teachers’ Union demands redeployment review

10-03-2017 The teachers’ union – SEPEDUC says the criteria applied to redeploy teachers to different localities do not respect the human rights. “The technical commission in charge of redeploying teachers targeted those with less experience and unmarried ones” says Gérard Niyongabo, the chairman of SEPEDUC. He says following the number (...)
' GSP, one of the medical schools closed

Some private medical schools obliged to close and others suspended

09-07-2017 The ministry of health has decided to close three medical schools and suspend others. It says those schools are closed to improve the quality of education in health sector. Three schools operating in Bujumbura namely Medical institute of Bujumbura known as ITEM, Paramedical school group (GSP) and Salama medical (...)
' The rise in school fees will start with the forthcoming first term scheduled on 11 September

School fees to increase in Burundi

09-06-2017 A week before the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year due on 11 September, the Ministry of Education announces that the school fees are going to increase. In order to harmonize school fee payment, Janvière Ndirahisha, Minister of Education, says the fee for the boarding-school system is now fixed (...)