Pohamba congratulates PoN graduates
12 Apr 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba has congratulated the more than 1 000 students who graduated from the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) here on Friday.
In his speech, which was read on his behalf by Education Minister David Namwandi, Pohamba congratulated the graduates and all the people who have contributed to the students success.
You are at a turning point in your lives in many ways, as you are now entering a transition from many years of schooling and training to a new phase where you will be expected to contribute to the socio-economic progress of our country, he said.
Pohamba called on the graduates to generate solutions to some of the pressing challenges facing the country.
You will be expected to demonstrate that you are committed and knowledgeable workers in your various professions, he said.
From the total of 1 230 students that graduated, 579 are men while 651 are women.
The Head of State noted that the higher number of graduating female students is a good sign of gender balance.
He told the graduates to equip themselves with broader skills and have a focussed mind as they enter the Namibian labour market.
Pohamba said the PoNs decision to transform to a university is a step in the right direction.
Your transformation into a university is also a demonstration of our government's commitment to the development of the higher education system in the country, said Pohamba.