21 Feb 2019 15:30pm
By Linea Dishena
TSUMEB, 21 FEB (NAMPA) Having been ranked among the best public schools in the land, Etosha Secondary School (ESS) principal, Andris Kaishungu says discipline and hard work are the pillars to producing good results.
Located in the small town of Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region, ESS was founded in 1964. For the 2017 NSSC ordinary level results, it was ranked second best school in the region and sixth nationally, while also earning the best public school in biology rank.
In an interview with Nampa here on Wednesday, Kaishungu explained that the school has a disciplinary system that allows learners to earn points on good behaviour and working hard.
He noted that the system permits learners to set targets of 80 per cent within their academic studies and upon achieving the target, they are rewarded with a positive merit point.
It encourages learners to set targets, be motivated and study hard and be recognised through the positive merit point award, he said.
Kaishungu further explained that it is important for a school to have a culture of learning, adding that as ESS, its pupils inspire others from different schools with conclusive good results gained through hard work and discipline.
It is important for a school to have learners that are involved in a lot of activities such as sports, culture, and social clubs, as it gives pride of being in a system that is welcoming, he also said.
Highlighting some of the challenges, Kaishungu said currently the school is battling with the newly-introduced curriculum due to a lack of textbooks.
However, he noted that the school is helping its line ministry by involving parents who are voluntarily willing to contribute towards textbooks for the learners.
We have ordered some books and parents are really helping in meeting the governments goal through the new curriculum halfway, he noted.
Another identified challenge is the lack of qualified teachers for the Afrikaans language, as only a few are trained at university.
Hopefully in years to come, more pupils, upon finishing their Grade 12, can embark on studying the language to teach at schools professionally, the principal mentioned.