Education ministry explains changes in school calendar

The process to change the national school calendar kicked off last month and will end in September 2022, the State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, has said.

Munyakazi said this week that the changes are motivated by several reasons, among them, the need to align the school calendar to the national budget.

“The school calendar is not in sync with the national budget. This means that the education activities and other development activities are running on different timelines and not based on the fiscal year which is not convenient,” he said.

Munyakazi also pointed out that another reason for the change is to reduce the period A’Level students are spending in vacation.

“We felt that it was necessary to synchronise the primary and secondary school calendar with the one of the universities so that we cut on the long period of time which A’Level students had to wait before joining university,” he said.

There was also need to synchronise performance contracts with the fiscal year.

Munyakazi explained that though the changes in the school calendar were discussed at the Umushyikirano National Dialogue, his Ministry had been looking into making the changes though it required a big budget and time.

“Obviously we have started working on these changes but this process requires a lot in terms of changes and  budget. The last changes we made to the school calendar cost us Rwf7.2bn,” he said.

The Director General of the Rwanda Examination Board (REB), Dr Irénée Ndayambaje, recently told The New Times that the revision of the calendar will be done in a way that it does not affect the curriculum implementation.

“People will be aware of the changes and get prepared in advance. This revision will, however, not affect the academics. The new calendar will come into effect when everything is in place,” he said.

Current status

In August last year, the Ministry of Education released a slightly revised school calendar for both primary and secondary schools for the 2019 academic year, which saw the holiday period shortened.


Google Calendar Integrated With Apple Health and Google Fit for Your Fitness Goals

Google Calendar Integrated With Apple Health and Google Fit for Your Fitness GoalsHIGHLIGHTS
Earlier, users had to mark activities as ‘Done’ manually
Google introduces Goals API to its fitness app last year
The update is already available on App Store
Google has updated its calendar app’s Goals feature to allow integration with Google Fit and Apple Health applications to help people stay on track with their New Year resolutions. With this integration in place, the activities recorded by your Android phone or iPhone will be used to mark users’ goals as ‘Done’ automatically by Google Calendar app.

The search giant introduced the Goals feature last year to its Calendar app with the aim of helping people find time for their desired activities. However, before this update, users were required to manually mark their goals as done every time they completed an activity. With the latest update, that has now changed.

Further, “With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them,” Google said in its blog post.
In case you have set a goal to go for a run every day at 6:30 in the morning but are not able to do it till 7:00, the Calendar app with adjust accordingly and “help you find the best time” for your activities, Google said. Even though the update has already popped up at the App Store, the Android update is expected to roll out soon as well.

Google introduced the Goals API to the Google Fit app on Android back in October last year to enable it to read goals set by the user.

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Google Calendar for Android Now Tells You whilst you’re free

Google Calendar for Android Now Tells You When You're Free

Google Calendar receiveswhile you‘re loosefeature.
The characteristic has been rolled out to Android customers most effective.
The function combs through schedules to find free slots.
Google Calendar on Android has got a brand new characteristic in order to allow users to look whilstthey are unfastened in the day to time table different conferences and events.

the newwhile you‘re freecharacteristic comes with the brand new Google Calendar v5.5.7 update for Android customers simplest. it is a slow rollout, so it is able to take some days earlier than it reveals you. With this new characteristic, the app will help customers with busy schedules discover a free slot. Itremoves the need for the user to brush via the occasions for the day and determine out while they’reunfastened.

This update become first rolled out for Google Calendar paintings and schooling app users in April, and itturned into referred to asdiscover a time’. The characteristic for the work and schooling app alsoallowed customers to feature their colleagues as guests if you want to see when they’re free for ameeting, and installation and nobody while there is no war. but, Google Calendar for normal customerswill best show free time slots for users, 126105ea78ca23eef1bcaa5aa7f7ec62 else, however show conflictswhile some other event is already set up for the identical time.

Google currently additionally introduced smart hints and Reminder characteristic to Google Calendar aswell. It also added fifty four new united statesbased holiday calendars for Android and iOS customerseach. For iOS customers, Google Calendar lately delivered Google force integration and interactive notifications as well.

In April, Google Calendar announced the new dreams function that objectives to help users discover theproper time to do what they love. It locates the empty slots, after which suits them along with your favoredhobby. it could be activated in the Settings Menu, after which the Calendar app will ask a couple ofand nobody inquiries to set the first-class time for the favoredgoal‘. The characteristic even routinelyreschedules the interest must something at work arise or you decide to and no-oneput off it in lieu of doing something else. The up to date Google Calendar for Android app is rolling out globally throughGoogle Play.

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dawn Calendar App to Be shut Down on August 31

Sunrise Calendar App to Be Shut Down on August 31

The app could be delisted from app shops within a few days.
The group said the app will prevent working all collectively from August 31.
The sunrise team said it has to recognition on Outlook integrations rather.
As announced lower back in October remaining year, dawn‘s famous calendar app is being discontinued.bought by using Microsoft in early 2015, the dawn group has been operating with the Outlook group evergiven that to help combine its capabilities into Microsoft’s e-mail carrier.

The sunrise made the statement in a blog post on Wednesday, stating the app will disappear from appstores in the following couple of days, and that the app might be formally close down on August 31. The app will forestall operating altogether, the organisation added.

Explaining the selection inside the post, the group stated, “The complete dawn group is now workingfacetthroughside with the Outlook team and it’s a thrilling second for us to work on an app of this scale.sadly, as all true memories pass, there may be a sad bit to it: we’re now not capable of guide andupdate dawn anymore. No new features. No malicious program fixes. For us, it really is the definition of aawful app and it is now not a consumer experience we need to depart you with.”

The crew went on to say it was operating at the in addition integrations of sunrise functions into Outlook,functions now lengthy promised including the thrilling Calendar and related Apps. To don’t forget, thesunrise group become credited for bringing Evernote, fb, and Wunderlist calendar integrations to Outlook in April this yr.

Microsoft started its revamp of its Outlook mail app in overdue 2014, while it bought Acompli and basicallyadded an Outlook-branded version of the app out within multiple months.
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