22 Sep 2017 19:00pm
GOBABIS, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) on Thursday awarded the best performing learners in the Omaheke Region, in an effort to encourage better performance amongst the region's learner population.
NUNW, which is an umbrella union for various trade unions in the country, teamed up with Africa Personnel Services (APS) and the International University of Management (IUM) for the exercise.
Sixteen of the best performers, drawn from various schools across the regions, were each awarded with a brand new modern Samsung Tablet valued at about N.dollars 7 000 each.
The learners are in Grade 10 and Grade 12.
Although no specific benchmark was set for the award, the highest performing learner scored in excess of 90 per cent, while the lowest ranking top achiever garnered around 60 per cent.
Handing over the awards to Omaheke Deputy Director for Education in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Victor Makgone, NUNW Secretary-General Job Muniaro said the awards should motivate all learners to work hard.
He said the union wants to see Omaheke improving in its overall performance rankings and also for the region to produce top achievers who can compete nationally.
Our mission is for education in Omaheke to be a success. We want to boast with learners who perform exceptionally in their examinations so we can maintain our pride as a region, he said.
Muniaro pledged that the union will continue supporting and awarding Omaheke's top achievers for the next five years, although the prizes will as from 2018 be awarded to the top two learners.
He said with the availability of more partners, the awards could be extended to 10 years.
We are happy to be working with APS and IUM on this initiative and we want to continue this partnership, while we call on others to also join us, he said.
Receiving the gifts, Makgone urged learners to make productive use of the tablets and not use them for immoral acts such as the sharing of pornography.
If I had it my way, we would have blocked these devices from accessing social media. However, we trust that you are responsible citizens and will not abuse them, he said.
School principals, teachers and parents witnessed the award ceremony.