Hard work pushes Otjiperongo school to greater heights

22 Jan 2017 10:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 22 JAN (NAMPA) – Working extra hours such as on Saturdays and not giving up on learners during the 2016 academic year, improved the Otjiperongo Junior Secondary School’s performance.
These were the proud words of principal, Wendy Mbai when she shared her best practices at the Erongo regional education director’s annual address in Swakopmund on Friday.
“There is no secret to good performance, it is all about teachers’ commitment. Our learners are just average, they are not the best learners like the ones at other schools.”
Located in the Omatjete area, the school has 257 students and 11 staff.
In the regional Grade 10 Government schools ranking on the Junior Secondary Certificate examinations results, they were ranked second in 2016 from third in 2015.
Namib High School in Swakopmund occupies the first place while West Side High also in Swakopmund is in third place.
Otjiperongo’s pass rate improved from 63 per cent in 2015 to 75 per cent last year.
In 2014, the pass rate was at 64 per cent.
“We also administer monthly mastering tests and have no block time for the Grade 10 learners, this is how we managed to improve our pass rates,” Mbai said.
In the national 675 Grade 10 schools ranking last year, Otjiperongo moved up 139 steps from 305 to occupy the 166th place.
On Saturday, the principal used the opportunity to ask for assistance from the public to repaint the school buildings.
She said they started painting this month with the little paint they had bought but need more.
Mbai said the school tuck shop managed to raise N.dollars 20 000 in the past three years, which was used to buy the paint and pay painters.
“Our school was never repainted for the past 25 years, so if someone can assist we will be grateful.”