Women rule at Angra Pequena

23 May 2017 17:20pm
LÜDERITZ, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – A young high school at Lüderitz is making waves by consistently surpassing other established schools in the //Kharas Region with notable academic accomplishments.
The Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School (APSSS) was established in 2013 for Grade 11 and 12 students in response to the overcrowding of schools at the harbour town.
The //Kharas Regional Directorate for Education, Arts and Culture a few years ago renovated the Old German Hostel building and converted it into the school.
In 2014, the Directorate noted in a summary of results for the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher and Ordinary Level exams that the region’s improvement from 11th to 10th position could largely be attributed to Angra Pequena’s performance.
APSSS has been ranked as the best performing school on both levels in the region over the last two years.
It started out in 2013 with 4th place for the Ordinary Level (out of seven schools) and 5th for Higher Level (out of six schools).
APSSS Principal Shyral Beukes on Saturday attributed the school’s success to hard work and endeavours aimed at motivating the students.
Beukes, teachers of the school and students were invited as stakeholders to a briefing on projects implemented by the Lüderitz Waterfront Development Company, where she boasted about her school.
She lauded the school’s teachers, especially the females for the successes of the school.
“Women run the show – we are eight female teachers out of 10,” she said.
In 2013, the school was ranked 103 nationally for Ordinary Level, but jumped 50 spots to 53 out of 167 schools the year after.
For Higher Level, the school moved up from 112 to 57 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
In 2015, APSSS gained more ground by reaching 29 for Ordinary and 54 for Higher.
A drop was recorded in 2016 to 48th place for Ordinary but with a leap to 15 for Higher.
Beukes noted that the school’s goal for this year is to get ranked in the top 20 schools nationally.