Shaanika Nashilongo aims for 100% pass rate

31 October 2018 | Local News

The principal of Shaanika Nashilongo Senior Secondary School, Sarlote Uusiku, believes that every learner at the school has the potential to pass and that the school can achieve a 100% pass rate.

Ewi lyaNooli visited the school at Okahao in the Omusati Region, where Uusiku shared the ambitions she has for the school.

When the school was established in 1947 it was for girls only and boys were only admitted in 1974.

The school was recently converted from a normal secondary school to a senior secondary school offering only grades 10 to 12.

Uusiku said they enrolled 912 learners for the current academic year.

The boarding school has 33 teachers, three administrative staff members and 29 institutional workers.



Academic performance

Uusiku said for the past five years they have been achieving the regional benchmark for examination results rates and last year they achieved a 91% pass rate.

Uusiku described the overall performance of the school as very good, but stressed that they can still achieve more.

“The school is doing well in both academics as well as other activities. Our learners have the will to learn and that is why we receive very good results from them. However, we believe that we can achieve more,” Uusiku said.

Talking about the grade 12 performance in national examinations, Uusiku said the learners who opted to take on the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) on higher level were doing exceptionally well compared to those on the NSSC ordinary level.

She said the school focused on ensuring that all grade 12 learners score at least 25 points in five subjects in order to qualify for tertiary studies.

“We want all grade 12 leaners to make it to university. We do not want to see our learners on the streets but they must fill up the auditoriums and classes at university,” Uusiku said.



Secret to good performance

Uusiku said the school's success is based on three pillars, with which any school can attain excellent academic results.

Firstly, leadership should be distributed among all stakeholders, which means that if all the stakeholders are committed to the success of the school, good results are likely to be achieved.

Secondly, discipline should be enforced and learners and teachers alike should treat their peers with respect.

Uusiku said it is unlikely for a school with poor discipline to perform well. If people do not respect others or themselves, they are prone to making the wrong choices in life.

Thirdly, Uusiku said teamwork is as important in education as in sport. If all stakeholders treat each other as team members and work together, the only consequence there could be is success.

“With these three principles implemented as it is supposed to be, any school that applies them and achieve greatness. We have adopted these principles and that is why we are achieving a lot,” Uusiku said.



Challenges

Uusiku said the biggest challenge at the school is a lack of furniture. Learners have to share desks and in some classrooms there are not enough chairs.

Another challenge is that the school buildings need maintenance.

But despite all this, Uusiku said they were determined to achieve a 100% pass rate.

“The challenges we face are national but we, the teachers and learners, are not deterred by the circumstances because we are focused on greatness and that is what we shall achieve,”Uusiku said.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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