20 Dec 2014 12:20pm
OKANGHUDI, 20 DEC (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba has encouraged learners who did not perform well in the Grade 10 examinations, to work harder next year.
He said this here on Friday while addressing members of the Okanghudi community during a Christmas party for children of that village.
Pohamba congratulated those who made it to Grade 11, and asked those who did not make it to demonstrate dedication to their school work.
Out of a total of 35 592 Grade 10 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 19 264 qualified for admission to Grade 11.
The president said that education is the key to a better future, stating that it is for this reason that the government has over years invested public resources in the education sector.
The government will continue to ensure that new classrooms, teachers' houses, libraries and laboratories are built at various schools in different parts of the country, he promised.
He noted that his successor, President-elect Hage Geingob, will pick up from where he will leave next March, just as he (Pohamba) continued from where the Founding Father Sam Nujoma had left almost 10 years ago.
Pohamba stressed that their goal is to improve the quality of the education system and the performance of learners at all levels.
This is the only way in which our nation can achieve our national development goals and objectives, he said.
The Head of State added that their government remains committed to improve the delivery of essential services to all its people.
We will continue to work hard in order to develop our rural areas and find solutions to the challenges affecting our communities in order to improve the living standards of our people, said Pohamba.
Meanwhile, the president called on people to enjoy the festive season in peace.
I do not want people beating each other up, but to live peacefully, he said.