No SMS language during examinations: Hanse-Himarwa

12 Sep 2015 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa launched the ‘Are you ready for the 2015 examinations?’ campaign for Grade 10 and 12 learners and teachers on Friday.
About 48 989 Grade 10 learners will write their national examinations from 28 September until 28 October 2015, and approximately 61 225 Grade 12 learners will write examinations from 21 September to 06 November 2015.
She appealed to learners to study hard to become productive Namibian citizens.
“But you need to take a firm step further and take responsibility to get the results of your choice by putting in place a plan of action now on how you will pass. I believe in you; I know you can make it happen,” she stressed.
Hanse-Himarwa urged the learners to take control of the choices they make by taking charge of their time, attitudes, beliefs and confidence.
She advised learners to seek teacher support for clarity and assistance, or join study groups with other learners. Learners should work out a timetable to study in an orderly fashion, make enough time to revise, and be confident.
Hanse-Himarwa warned learners to refrain from using short message service (SMS) language during examinations.
To the Grade 12 learners, she said, it is the start of a brighter or darker future for them and their destiny is in their hands. Grade 10 learners, she advised, should make wise decisions; “they are at a crossroad which they cannot escape from, but have to face with vigour, dedication and commitment”.
The minister also praised the work of teachers, saying they put endless effort into teaching learners, at times under difficult circumstances. She said they should give learners tips on how to reduce examination anxiety, fear and panic.
“Your hard work is greatly appreciated. You have worked hard during the year to prepare and equip the learners with the necessary tools for this crucial time.
“Without your commitment and without your drive, the schools will fail, learners will fail, and the country will fail,” she noted.
In a message to parents, Hanse-Himarwa said learners are now entering a challenging time in their lives as the year draw to a close, and parents should prepare them for this noble task.
She added that parents need to guide their children and supervise their movements to ensure that they study hard and pass well.
Learners also need a break from household chores in order to study hard, according to Hanse-Himarwa.
“Education needs team work and this is the time to support the education sector in its quest for better results. We need each other, so let us hold hands together and dream together for the future of our children,” she added.