Top ten public schools should be applauded: Katamelo

21 Dec 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – The top ten public schools that excelled during the 2017 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination should be applauded for their achievement, Omaheke regional councillor Philipus Katamelo has said.
Speaking in the National Council here Thursday, Katamelo said public schools do not have the luxury of selecting only learners who perform well, like private schools.
“The selection of A-learners gives private schools the privilege to only work with smart pupils, whilst at public schools teachers deal with a combination of learners,” he said.
He emphasised that the stress associated with public schools is not the same as with private schools, therefore public schools that delivered excellent results should be applauded.
“There is a difference between a teacher who teaches 40 learners per class in terms of assisting and making sure that learners make it to the next grade, compared to 20 learners of private schools,” said Katamelo.
He further emphasised that it is not the schools alone that make children perform well, but the commitment and involvement of parents in the children’s education.
Specifically commending Windhoek High School for producing top three JSC learners, Katamelo said the achievement shows that public schools have a high potential of producing top achievers.

The overall top 10 performing schools in the JSC examinations are:

1. St Boniface College
2. Onawa Senior Secondary
3. Canisianum Roman Catholic School
4. Rukongo Vision School
5. Oshigambo High School
6. Liberty Heritage Private School
7. Negumbo Secondary School
8. Maurits Devenish Private School
9. Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School
10. Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School