20 December 2012

Namibia: Eggert Is Country's Top Performer

NAMIBIA's best Grade 12 higher level candidate, Andreas Eggert from Otjiwarongo Secondary School, says that studying and a balanced lifestyle are essential ingredients for obtaining top spot in the national school examinations.

He spoke to The Namibian from a tractor on their family farm.

He said the key to his success was hard work and a balanced lifestyle.

"You have to study and you have to do sport as well in order to keep your mind balanced. You cannot just think about school work."

Eggert played for his school's first soccer team as a midfielder, and he also played squash with a friend for fun.

"I enjoyed school very much. Now that I am finished with Grade 12 people say that university will be more difficult, but once you get there, you will make it," he said.

Eggert plans to study electronic engineering at Stellenbosch University next year.

"I have enjoyed practical work since I was a young boy. I used to take apart household appliances and put them back together again. Then I visited an engineering week at the varsity and realised I can actually go and study for that," he said.

Eggert, a farmer at heart, said they received rain earlier this week and they have to run all the tractors. "I am on the field and we are going to work until sunset."

He spends most of his free time on the farm, most weekends as well as holidays. He recently started beekeeping.

"Other than this, I help my father with daily chores and we have also started a soccer team with the workers here on our farm," he said.

About Eggert's achievement, the regional director of education, Faustina Caley, said: "I heard he is a farmer, so he is a hard worker and he has put us on the map. Well done to him."

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