22 Jan 2015 10:52am
WINDHOEK 22 JAN (NAMPA) Rukonga Vision School, a school established in the Kavango East Region to cater for gifted underprivileged learners, has vowed to improve on its academic performance in future national examinations.
In only its second year of operation, the school performed reasonably well in the 2014 Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations, ending eighth nationally.
At regional level, the vision school ended second only to the evergreen St.Boniface College, which has been the top-performing school in Namibia over the last couple of years.
A total of 102 learners of Rukonga Vision School sat for the NSSC level examinations, with 56 of them qualifying for admission into tertiary institutions while the remaining 46 students failed to obtain the minimum points to gain entry into local colleges, polytechnic or the university.
The Principal of Rukonga Vision School, Moses Gorengecho told Nampa on Thursday that they will engage other schools in the country and work hard to improve on their academic performance.
We will engage more schools to improve on our performance, and we will try to influence and help other schools to improve as well, the principal said.
The school enrolled its first Grade 8 pupils in 2013, and those learners proceeded to complete Grade 9 in 2014. The vision school's first Grade 10s are expected to sit for national examinations this year (2015).
The vision school enrolled its first Grade 11 learners in 2013, and those learners went on to sit for the 2014 NSSC ordinary level examination last year.
Gorengecho explained that based on the schools internal examination, written every trimester, 90 per cent of the learners in Grade 8 and Grade 9 reached the set academic targets of the school.
Learners at the school performed well in physical science but poorly in English.
The principal said the performance in English as a subject was relatively poor because of the fact that English is not a widely spoken language in the villages where the learners and teachers come from.
To improve on the schools performance in the future, weve made some organisational and strategic changes in the English department, where the learners performed poorly. We are hoping that this will ensure an improvement in the pass rate of our learners, he added.
The school is aiming to ensure that all its learners will qualify for entry into institutions of higher learning, such as the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Polytechnic of Namibia.
We will continue to build a true vision school culture, with beliefs and values that support competitiveness. Efforts will be made to create a team that synchronises its work to such an extent that we make our academic training here truly unique, the Principal said.
The Rukonga Vision School was the first of its kind in the country, when it was officially opened by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2013.
It is situated about 200 kilometres east of Rundu in the Mukwe Constituency of the Kavango East Region.
The school was set up by the Ministry of Education for gifted learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, especially those in rural areas who have shown great potential to develop and succeed in life.