New Era (Windhoek)

31 August 2011

Namibia: Teachers' Excellence Recognised

Windhoek — Teachers were recently awarded by the Ministry of education for their hard work in the Grade Seven National Standardised Achievement Test (NSAT7) results of last year.

The Teacher Excellence Awards were held at the Delta Primary School.

Speaking at the event, Special Advisor to the Khomas Governor, Moses !Omeb, commended the teachers for their hard work and advised that they continue imparting knowledge to the basic foundation of the society.

" The purpose of this occasion is to market our good performing teachers, to recognise the work and efforts that they put in the education system in order to achieve quality results," he said. He added that the event also served as a stock taking exercise, to analyse the outcome of what is put on the education system. "

This is however not the first time for primary school teachers to receive awards but the second occasion in the region that awards are presented to teachers," he said.

Awards presented to teachers included; Best teachers per subject, Best-improved school per circuit, overall best school, Recognition of outstanding performance.

Khomas Region Chief Education Officer, Thea Seefeldt, expressed her delight at the region's primary school results, particularly in Mathematics, English and Natural Siences. "The Khomas Region managed to achieve 62 percent in English, while the National average is 45 percent. A 61 percent average in Natural Science while the National average is 51 percent and a 51 percent in Mathematics, while the National average is 42 percent," she said.

Seefeldt added that there is still a need for an improvement in the mathematics field, and that teachers need to work with their learners and remain positive."

There are schools without basic resources that performed to excellence because of the positive attitude, positive work ethics, commitment, dedication and I urge teachers to keep up the good work," said !Omeb.

The Best school in circuit one went to Emma Hoogenhout with an average of 72 percent in all three subjects. Pioneerspark Primary School was the Best school in circuit two with an average total of 85 percent while the Best School in circuit three. The Delta Primary School was judged overall best school and Orban Primary School the Best School in circuit four.

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