Rundu — Seven out of the top ten Grade 12 learners, with the best overall performance in the country, are from St Boniface College in the Kavango Region.
The college is a Roman Catholic School situated 30 kilometres east of Rundu. It was proposed and founded by the late Archbishop Bonifatius Hausiku, together with an assembly of around 200 teachers, members of the community and missionaries in 1994.
New Era tracked down six of the top performers yesterday in various localities in the Kavango Region and Windhoek.
Annastasia Mukanda Kandingo aged 18 years is Namibia's best overall performer in Grade 12 in 2012.
"I feel very happy and amazed though at first I was shocked. I worked very hard with determination, as I was motivated at reaching my goal of getting the Law Society bursary and getting accepted at the University of Namibia. I will be studying law at Unam and would like to become a defence attorney."
Andreas Hungamo (18) the 2nd best overall performer
"I am happy with my achievement, because I worked hard for it. I feel I achieved my goals because I am the second best student in the country. This year I will be studying accounting and finance at the University of Namibia. I chose the field because I am good with numbers."
Bernhard Mukuve (18) the fifth best performer in the country
"I am very proud of my results, because I obtained them regardless of the difficulties I faced last year. There was a time the school did not have water and electricity for a whole week but I managed. I am really thankful for the motivation and support I received from my parents and teachers. I am going to study biomedical science at the Polytechnic of Namibia, because it entails subjects I like such as biology and chemistry."
Selma Shikukumwa (18) the sixth best overall performer
"I am really happy, even though I still cannot believe it. I really deserved it, because I worked hard to pass. I never missed the afternoon study and I attended extra classes. This year I will be studying law at the University of Namibia. The fact that I am talkative and good in English will make me a good lawyer."
Martha Siwombe (18) the eighth best overall performer nationally
"I still cannot believe it! I know I worked hard for it, but I am still surprised. Thanks to all my teachers for their support. Due to the lack of pharmacists in the country, I will be doing my degree in pharmacy this year."
Joaquim Dias (18) the 10th best overall performer nationally
"It feels good to be amongst the top ten learners in the country. It really goes to show that one can only be successful through hard work and dedication. I am really surprised and excited. I will be studying computer science at the University of Namibia this year."