07 Apr 2017 15:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 APR (NAMPA) Nineteen former star learners of the GK Wahl Combined School at Kalkfeld on Thursday were treated to a dinner in honour of their excellent performance in Grade 10 last year.
The school is situated about 70 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo and his office organised the dinner for the former learners at a local hotel in Otjiwarongo.
The school had 30 Grade 10 learners last year, and these 19 learners passed with A and D symbols to elevate the school from 17th position on the regional ranking in 2015 to 10th position last year.
The learners are in Grade 11 this year at different secondary schools in the Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Erongo and Khomas regions.
Neumbo in his motivational speech told the learners they are his heroes and heroines in education.
He urged them to be honest with themselves, to remain committed at school and warned the female learners especially not to be lured into any romantic relationships.
Make your books your only loyal and true boyfriends and girlfriends, Neumbo said.
The 19 learners were also awarded with certificates of appreciation.
The 17-year-old overall top performer, Rheinhard Rusberg who obtained 35 points in six subjects last year, received N.dollars 900.
Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director Simon Tsuseb was present at the event where he also delivered a motivational speech before dining with the learners.
There is no time to relax in Grade 11, dont sleep, but study even harder starting right now at the beginning of the year, said Tsuseb.
He told the group to maintain the good discipline wherever they are and fight and think about their books only.
GK Wahl Combined School Principal Peacok Mbakera told Nampa in an interview shortly after the event that the 19 former learners had a positive outlook.
It is always rare to find strong-spirited learners like them, and a combination of committed teachers and learners like we had in 2016 in Grade 10, he said.
Mbakera then urged parents of children of the GK Wahl Combined School to be involved in the education of their children for the school to maintain the performance of 2016 or to improve on it.