28 January 2013

Namibia: Student Excels Despite Hardship

Okahandja — A Grade 12 pupil from Okahandja Secondary School, Janingapara Kangumine, heeded an African proverb that says you always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win, when she passed her exams with flying colours.

Kangumine, 22, passed her final year exams with excellent grades after she initially dropped out of school twice. She was the third best student in the Otjozondjupa Region and the top performer out of 105 Grade 12 learners at her school.

She got an A+ in Business Studies, an A in Accounting and English, B in Economics and a C in Otjiherero and another C in Mathematics.

The mother of two kids, who had to leave school twice due to pregnancy, said she endured being ridiculed at school because she was determined to work hard not to be left behind.

"I know of some friends who got pregnant and did not return to school saying that they were too old or were too shy to go back," she said, adding that she was envious seeing her peers going to university, which was one of the deciding factors in her returning to her school books.

Kangumine, who has now been admitted to the Polytechnic of Namibia where she plans to study accounting, said she wants to stay away from mere pleasure-seeking and "enjoyment" and rather dedicate her precious time to school.

Mettha Partenbach, who was her class teacher as well as Economics teacher, said that Kangumine was a very serious and committed learner.

"It was nice to have her in my class because she was very cooperative," she said, adding that the school is very proud of her.

The class teacher said it was not easy to get scholarships for their learners but she hoped that Kangumine would get some sponsorship at the national awards for best performing learners from all over the country.

Harold Clarke, the school principal, said he was proud of Kangumine and the Grade 12 learners at the school in general - as "they always make the school proud".

"We feel good," said Agnes Kangumine, Janingapara's mother.

Her father, Joseph Kangumine said he was just concerned about accommodation at the Polytechnic of Namibia as there was a struggle to get a place in the hostel.

He called on sympathisers to help with accommodation as Janingapara will be studying on a government loan. They can be reached at 081 872 2937.

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