23 Jun 2013 10:30
WALVIS BAY, 23 JUN (NAMPA) ? The Minister of Education, David Namwandi officially launched the 2013 National High Schools Spelling and Quiz Competition (SpelQuizBee) at the Immanuel Ruiters Primary School here on Friday.
A total of 40 schools and 1 200 learners within the Erongo Region participated in the competition.
The SpelQuizBee, which was the brainchild of the late Minister of Education Dr Abraham Iyambo who launched it in May 2011, is expected to reach 12 000 learners in all regions this year.
The competition is aimed at not only enhancing English proficiency, but also at fostering a reading culture amongst the learners.
Namwandi indicated during the launch that since the competition was introduced in 2011, it has become a key programme on the national education calendar.
He said the competition gives people the opportunity to witness young people sharing knowledge and readying themselves for the final examinations in a practical manner.
?As a nation we count on initiatives such as these to be the catalysts of facilitating accelerated development of students and uplifting our education system. I am delighted that the competition not only focuses on English, but ensures that students take time to revise for the exams,? the minister said.
The competition consists of two categories of which the first is a spelling round participated in by two junior learners from Grade 9 to 10 per school, and two senior learners from Grade 11 to 12 per school.
The second part is a quiz in which three learners per school are allowed to compete.
The questions in the competition are based on the current Namibian school curriculum in the fields of history, geography, mathematics, science, general knowledge and current affairs.
In each category, only the top two learners from each region make it to the finals, which will be hosted in Windhoek in November this year.
The winners in both the two categories will walk away with huge cash prizes.
Namwandi further urged teachers in the Erongo Region to harness the capacity of programmes like the national high schools quiz and spelling competition and to spare no effort in ensuring that learners are prepared for academic success.
?The nation counts on you teachers to teach our learners to become constructive and responsible citizens who will do their part to make Namibia a better place,? he said.