Mayor urges Otavi children to excel in education

03 Sep 2016 10:20am
OTAVI, 03 SEP (NAMPA) - Otavi Mayor, Martha Shipanga on Friday called on school-going children in and around Otavi to work hard in order to excel in their education.
Shipanga said there is no reason why children in Otavi should fail a grade, as primary and secondary education is free and in most cases offered under conducive learning surroundings.
“We don’t want to see any school child failing a grade as from now. You have at your disposal classrooms, books and free education. All that is expected from you is to concentrate and study hard,” she said.
Shipanga was speaking at the handing over of eight new classrooms and a portion of land to Otavi Primary School (PS) by the B2Gold Mine Namibia and Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group on Friday morning.
B2Gold handed over four blocks with eight classrooms and ablution facilities, while O&L donated 36 000 square metres of land valued at N.dollars 1, 5 million to the school.
The donated piece of land is situated behind Otavi PS and will be used for future extensions.
Shipanga said she wants to see children in Otavi dream big and become physicians, engineers, geologists and legal practitioners.
She called on parents to be committed and to actively encourage their children to take education seriously.
“Our children must achieve their full potential regardless of their race and socio-economic circumstances,” she said.
Otavi Primary School offers pre-primary to Grade Seven. It has a total of 860 learners and 26 staff members.
The event was attended amongst others by the Otjozondjupa Governor’s Special Advisor, Moses Tjipurua !Omeb, Regional Education Director Simon Tsuseb and school board members.