Divundu — Following strict screening measures to accommodate deserving and gifted learners from disadvantaged backgrounds by the Ministry of Education during the past months, New Era yesterday spoke to some of the 240 fortunate learners who managed to obtain a place at the elite Divundu Vision School, situated some 200 kilometres east of Rundu. The learners were asked to describe how they felt after making it into the school and what their expectations are.
Magnus Mukoya aged 17 - Kavango Region
"I feel really proud to be here today because this is a good experience for me. Ever since I arrived yesterday, I managed to make new friends and I like the new environment. I expect the school to be the best performing school in the country, because we are given everything for free. I also expect the teachers to be good when they teach. Another thing is that I want all the learners to share study ideas and to study together."
Natalie Gamatham aged 13 - Khomas Region
"It feels really awesome to be here because opportunities like these only come once in a lifetime. At first I thought the school would make me feel a bit awkward, but I will adapt. I expect us, as learners, to interact and our teachers to be nice to us. I promise to make my parents proud."
Unondando Puriza aged 13 - Khomas Region
"Being here feels good, but some people said we will have to cut our hair and I really do not want that. When my English teacher approached me to come here, I did not hesitate because this school will make me a better person. I expect this school to be the best because it forms part of Vision 2030. The teachers must understand us as learners and should not shout on us."
Rebekka Bandulla aged 19 - Hardap Region
"It really feels good being at this school. I feel very lucky because I prayed very hard so that I can be selected. Right now I am still trying to adapt to the new environment, but as time goes by I will be comfortable. I really expect this school to develop the learners so that the school can become the best. I also expect the teachers to be responsible instead of discriminating."
Benigina Kupembona aged 17 - Kavango Region
"I am not happy with the orders we received that we must cut our hair, but otherwise everything looks good. I cannot wait for the classes to start. I expect the school to be different from other schools in terms of education delivery and the way teachers teach should be different from other schools."
Justiana Mangundu aged 17 - Kavango Region
"I am proud of myself for being one of the children who got selected. I know I was selected because of my good performance at my school last year. But I think the orders to have our hair cut is not fair, we should be given another option.
"I will work hard because I want to stop depending on my parents for pocket money. I really expect the school to give us quality education. Teachers at the school must also be very qualified so that the school can become the best in the country."
Regina Muhako aged 16 - Kavango Region
"I am happy to be here. My parents cannot afford to send me to a good school so it feels really good to be here. I hope the school will perform well and that learners will be treated equally and fairly. Teachers should understand the learners, because we must make the government proud ofr building this school."
Annamary Lisho aged 19 - Kavango Region
"I did not think I would be selected, therefore I feel extra proud of myself for making it. I think I was selected because I performed better than the other learners. I expect my new teachers to teach and treat the learners the way they will treat their own children. They should not treat us unfairly. I also hope that all of us will make sure that the school will perform well."