Eenhana — Learners should not see the current holiday as a period of "doing whatever they want".
Rather teachers want to see learner concentrate on broadening their knowledge and helping their parents in handling various activities, whether at home or elsewhere.
Thomas Alfeus, a teacher at the Eenhana Secondary School here in the Ohangwena Region, says holiday is the best time for learners to improve their learning skills. "A learner who spends the holiday moving from one place to another or shebeen to shebeen will have a hard time remembering what was taught the previous term and such conduct cannot produce good results", says Alfeus
He urges that learners to desist from wasting time and to concentrate on revising what they learnt in school or helping their parents around the house. "Of course, they need to relax too but that should not be a priority," adds Alfeus, advising them to carefully plan their time during the holidays and to remain active and productive.
Lovemore Simataa, a Grade 12 Namibia College of Open Learning (Namco)'s learner says she will be preparing for the national end of school examination late this year and has no time to waste. "I consider this holiday an opportunity to revise and review my course for better comprehension," Simataa emphasises. Ndinelao Shikongo, another Grade 10 pupil at Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary school, says: "During the holidays, l will meet with other students and discuss educational issues. This broadens my knowledge because we share what we know".
Chombo Natangwe, a Mathematics teacher here at Okongo Combined School, encourages learners not to be discouraged if they get lower marks than they did the previous term. He says rather they should try to double their efforts for them to succeed. "They should look at themselves as winners because losing is not an option.
They can't be good at everything, so they must learn to accept what it is that they are good at and stick to it. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Question what other people tell you and do not accept to be taken for granted. Never regret the past for it is a waste of time," he advises