Top regions, schools and students rewarded

25 Jan 2014 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – The country’s top region, schools and students were on Friday rewarded for their outstanding performances during the 2013 academic year.
The Ministry of Education hosted the 2013 Namibia Secondary School Certificate (NSSC) Grade 12 and Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) Grade 10 prize-giving ceremony in the capital.
Trophies and cash prizes were made available by Old Mutual Namibia, Standard Bank, Ehovelo Investments, NAMSOV Community Trust, Dynamic Mobile Solutions, Letshego Financial Services, Trustco Group Holdings and Paragon Investment Holdings.
The Erongo Region received a trophy and school textbooks to the value of N.dollars 30 000 for the best regional performance in Grade 12, while the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School received a trophy and textbooks to the value of N.dollars 25 000 for the best performance from a Government school in Grade 12.
Elmarize Oosthuizen from the Windhoek Gymnasium Private School received a trophy and N.dollars 10 000 for being the best overall NSSC full-time student in five Higher Level subjects.
Samuel Shailemo from the Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School in the Ohangwena Region received a trophy and N.dollars 7 500 for the best results in five Ordinary Level subjects in Grade 12 full-time studies.
The above awards were sponsored by Old Mutual Namibia.
Officiating at the prize-giving ceremony, the Minister of Education David Namwandi said 2013 was a difficult year for both teachers and learners because of the drought which negatively affected the learners and teachers directly and indirectly.
“Yet, many teachers managed to make use of the minimum available resources for maximum service delivery, while encouraging learners to attend classes and study hard,” he added.
The minister commended the teachers for the interest they have in learners’ education.
“You are the solid backbone of our education system. You are agents of change. You are in charge of our most precious resource - the Namibian child,” he noted.
The Education Minister encouraged education inspectors and advisory teachers to continue intensifying efforts to improve the results of their regions.
He advised them to use the lessons learned from best-performing schools to assist under-performing schools, create opportunities for schools to link with one another in order to improve the results in their circuit and in the entire region.
“Arrange opportunities for well-performing learners to encourage and inspire their peers by sharing their tips for success. Continue rendering your indispensable support to the school management teams and teachers for the benefit of our learners,” he urged.