12 Oct 2017 16:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 OCT (NAMPA) - First Lady Monica Geingos on Thursday rewarded outstanding learners and teachers of the Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School in the Tsaraxa-Aibes informal settlement here with cash prizes, certificates and trophies.
Fourteen-year-old Grade 9 learner, Erickson Joseph was awarded the prestigious Dux Learner award for being the schools overall best performer for 2017. The award that came with a trophy and cash prize of N.dollars 1 200, was sponsored by the Otjiwarongo Municipality.
Geingos, in her private capacity and as patron of the school, also rewarded Joseph with a cash prize of N.dollars 2 500 while also pledging financial support to his studies until he reaches university.
I will also make sure that you attend your Grade 11 and Grade 12 at the school of your choice, she said.
On his part, Joseph elected to attend the Otjiwarongo Secondary School so as to stay close to his grandmother, who at the same event, described him as a hardworking and well-behaved child.
The top 10 best performing learners in Grade 8, 9, and 10 also received cash prizes of N.dollars 1 000 each, courtesy of Geingos, and certificates in subjects such as mathematics, English, physical science, life science, geography, agriculture and entrepreneurship.
The first lady also awarded undisclosed amounts of money to three teachers in recognition of their commitment to serving the school.
She further gave N.dollars 2 500 to Lena Gaeses, a parent who has dedicated her time to coaching the schools netball team.
Geingos urged learners and teachers at the school to excel in their work, strongly warning all pupils to abstain from sexual activities and to instead concentrate on their books.
It is not a good idea at all to become a parent at the age of 16 or 17 years at a time when you are completely not ready to become a young mother or father, she said.
The event was attended by Otjozondjupa Education Director, Simon Tsuseb and Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge as well as parents of learners.
The school caters for approximately 500 pupils in Grades 8 to 10, and comprises 17 staff members.