Hanganeni school calls for parents' involvement in learners’ edu

11 Oct 2014 10:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 11 OCT (NAMPA) – The management of the Hanganeni Primary School in Swakopmund is encouraging parents to be actively involved in their children’s education.
This will motivate learners to study hard, realise their full potential and achieve their dreams, said the school’s Head of Upper Primary Education, Dennis Muesee.
Speaking during the second semester prize-giving ceremony of the school on Thursday, he used the opportunity to appeal to parents to make time to inspect learners' homework and to make sure they study after school hours.
Muesee said it matters for learners to see their parents do care about their education and that they want them to pass well.
He said good results are achieved at the end of the year when parents and teachers jointly support learners to study.
“We do not expect parents to teach children but they must check their homework, tests and ask them their targets. Even just showing up at school to sit in the class and inspect how the child is doing, will be a motivation enough for children to study hard and pass,” Muesee said.
The school’s highest pass rate is 55 per cent.
To achieve at least a 90 per cent or even 100 per cent pass rate at the end of this year, efforts by the school management include extending lessons for one hour to give learners time to do their homework at school.
School principal Bertha Kadhila said the attendance at the school is very good due to its feeding programme.
“Our learners who mostly come from the informal settlement of DRC are always at school. They do not miss lessons. I think it is because we have a feeding programme,” principal said.
Kadhila said the school faces challenges of a lack of enough dictionaries, a school hall, library, science laboratory and transport for tours among others.
“We received a donation of 11 dictionaries from Heinrich Hafeni. But we need a dictionary for every learner in this school,” she said.
Hafeni is a local businessman from the Mondesa residential area of Swakopmund where the school is situated. He is also the chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) here.
Other companies which assisted the school with finances this year are the Swakopmund Municipality and Rio Tinto, who gave N.dollars 1 000 each, Bank Windhoek with N.dollars 750 and Standard Bank gave N.dollars 500.
A total of 98 best performing learners from Grades One to Seven were awarded with certificates for achieving 70 per cent and above on their assessment marks.
Hanganeni has a total of 928 learners and 31 members of staff.
This Government school was official opened on 26 November 2004.