I noticed that it says all the students are born on January 1st. That can’t be true, can it?

No…they aren’t all born on the same day!  January 1 is given as their birthday for two reasons.  First, simply because we just don’t know their individual birthdates!  We neglected to ask that information when we gathered the information to be used here…as time passes we’ll get the correct dates entered!  But that leads to the second reason:  birthdates aren’t nearly as important to East Africans as they are to us.  Many students don’t even know their actual birthday!