04 Feb 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) - Trophies, equipment, books and bursaries worth over N.dollars 1.4 million were handed over to various schools and learners for their good performances in the 2014 Grade 10 and Grade 12 national examinations.
Several companies and the Ministry of Education sponsored the awards which were handed over during a prize-giving ceremony here on Wednesday.
About 154 prizes were handed over.
The Erongo Region, which was the best overall region in Grade 12, received a trophy and a lump sum of N.dollars 30 000, while the Negumbo Senior Secondary School received equipment valued at N.dollars 25 000 for being the best Government school.
Rene Spoerer from Windhoek Gymnasium received a trophy and cash prize of N.dollars 10 000 for being the best overall National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) (Grade 12) full-time student in five Higher-Level subjects.
Hilya Nghitoolwa from the Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School also received a trophy as well as N.dollars 7 500 for being the best learner in five NSSC Ordinary-Level subjects.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Education (MoE), David Namwaandi said that it is worrisome that only eight companies sponsored prizes while Namibia is a country with thousands of businesses that operate and make money from the Namibian people.
He said that those companies who are not investing in the education sector are the same ones denying students with job attachments, and at the same time send back people when they apply for jobs, saying they do not have experience.
Namwaandi said that if businesses play a role in the education sector it will result in the MoE not depending too much on the governments budget.
The ministry received N.dollars 13.1 billion in the 2014/2015 national budget.
Namwaandi thanked all sponsors which made it possible for the prize giving to take place, saying that their contributions are highly appreciated.
These are the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), Old Mutual, Standard Bank, Letshego Namibia, Dynamic Mobile Solutions (DMS), Ehovelo Investments and NAMSOV Community Trust, and Institute for Open Learning.