Oshigambo HS back in top 5

29 Dec 2016 13:10pm
By Isabel Bento
WINDHOEK, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – The Oshigambo High School’s tremendous improvement in the Junior Secondary Examination (JSC) this year was a result of willpower and competition, according to learners and principal of the school.
Jumping from seventh position in 2015 to third position in 2016, the school also landed four of its Grade 10 learners in the country’s top 10 best-performing individuals.
The school, situated approximately 30 kilometres east of Ondangwa in the Oshigambo village of the Oshikoto Region, has consistently been ranked one of the best in the country, producing highly-competitive achievers every year.
It has maintained a good national standing in the top 10 for the Grade 10 results and was ranked fifth-best high school in 2012 and seventh-best in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
In an interview with Nampa recently, the school’s principal for the past nine years, Hendrik Shikonda, said this year’s outstanding performance was mainly brought about by self-discipline the learners instilled in themselves.
Shikonda said his learners were very driven.
He said the school set up a platform during which learners and teachers can interact more and engage on topics deemed ‘tough’ during normal lesson hours.
“We also try to get motivational speakers to help with the development of different perspectives in the learners,” he added.
Shikonda said the school has established relationships with other schools during which teacher-to-teacher discussions on different subjects take place.
“We also do so within the school, just for teachers to also learn different teaching methods from one another.”
Asked how the school maintains enrolment of respectably-performing learners, Shikonda noted that the school has put in place strict interview sessions and aptitude tests, which enable the school management to select the most suitable candidates.
The principal urged learners and parents to continue working together with the school in order to maintain its academic performance.
Learner Jason Shipanga, who came out in second position nationally, said studying well in advance before the examination helped him obtain his 42 points.
“It is always the school’s goal to earn a position in the top 10 but we were also highly motivated by our teachers,” Shipanga added.
Hannes Itope, who also obtained 42 points which landed him in seventh position, applauded the school’s performances and linked them to the extra classes the school initiated during school holidays.
Most of the school’s graduates furthered their studies abroad.