Omusati education directorate awards star performers

12 Mar 2017 15:20pm
TSANDI, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has said she is impressed with the consistent good performance of the Omusati Education Directorate.
The Omusati Region has been ranked third in the Grade 10 national examinations for four consecutive years.
Addressing the directorate’s prize giving at Tsandi Junior Secondary School on Friday, Iivula-Ithana said she was also pleased to note that the region went from 11th to eighth position in the Grade 12 ordinary level examinations of last year.
“This consistent performance showcases the efforts and interest of the learners in their education, the skills and ability of the teachers to impart knowledge to learners and the involvement of the parents in the education of their children and of course,” she said.
She said the government allocates the biggest share of the national budget to education and training, but the government’s efforts alone are not sufficient.
“It is critical that we forge partnerships with the business community to help in the socio-economic development of our country,” the Home Affairs and Immigration Minister urged.
Iivula-Ithana also specifically addressed the girls, saying they should not place their well-being in the hands of anyone besides their parents and guardians.
“Respect your teachers, but do not place your life in their hands as some of them may not have your best interests at heart,” she said.
On his part, Omusati Education Director Laban Shapange said the prize giving ceremony recognises the outstanding performance of learners, teachers and schools in the region.
Amongst others, the region’s schools that featured in the top 10 ranking for the 2016 Grade 10 examinations were recognised for their efforts during the ceremony.
Negumbo Secondary School was second, Canisianum Roman Catholic High School in fourth position, Nuuyoma Secondary School in ninth position and Onawa Secondary School in 10th position.
Shapange thanked the staff of his directorate for dedicating their life and devoting their time to ensuring that children receive quality education.
The Omusati Region has 94 667 learners in 280 primary and secondary schools under the supervision of 4 163 teachers.