New secondary school opens at Omuntele

14 Sep 2013 04:30
OMUNTELE, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – Education Minister Dr David Namwandi officially inaugurated the Reverend Juuso Shikongo Senior Secondary School (SSS) at Omuntele village in the Oshikoto Region on behalf of President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday.
The school is named after the founder of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)’s Omuntele congregation.
On the grounds that construction was not completed, the school started operating from a sister school, Uukule SSS situated at Onyaanya village some 30 kilometres away, in 2011 before moving to Omuntele village at the beginning of last year.
In his official inauguration address, Namwandi pointed out that Government has spent some N.dollars 40 million on the construction of classrooms, offices and hostels for Reverend Juuso Shikongo SSS thus far.
According to the Minister, the school is provided with modern infrastructure which is rarely found at others schools elsewhere in the country.
Namwandi urged the school community to ensure that its infrastructure is maintained and not vandalised.
He went on to demand the delivery of quality education from the teachers in the country, while on the other hand he called on the learners to take their studies seriously and to not fall pregnant while at school.
Headmaster of the school, Penehas Ekongo told the gathering the learners of his school sat for Grade 12 examinations for the first time last year.
According to Ekongo, the school excelled in Grade 12 examinations and was ranked the sixth best performing school at national level and number one Government school in the country.
“We are here to ensure that every child that comes here gets quality education,” Ekongo charged. The school has 10 teachers, a secretary, a chief matron, four matrons, eight supporting staff members and 223 learners in Grades 8 to 12 this year.
A Chinese company, Jiangsu Zhengtai Construction Group, is the main contractor which was awarded the N.dollars 77,5 million tender to construct the school.