New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Jan Möhr Aims for First Place This Year

Windhoek — Jan Mohr must aim to become the best performing school in Namibia and should not be complacent about the third place which it attained last year in terms of the scholarly performance of its learners.

Headmaster Clement Kloppers told a full house of parents during the school's first meeting with parents last Thursday. He said the school can only improved on his third place attainment this year with the help of parents if they take keen interests in the education of their children from the beginning now rather than to wait until the last minute. Relating the experience of a parent whose child fell short of only one point to pass, and who regretted for starting late with helping his child with school work, the principal cautioned parents to start early with helping children study and not to wait until and with the examinations as this would be late for that crucial one point as was the experience of this one parent. He especially cautioned squared-eyed parents who are square-eyed from watching television most of the time but spending little or no time with their children in helping them with their school work.

The Headmaster expressed confidence in this year's Student Representative Council (SRC) which together with the teaching staff was introduced to the parents expecting it to do better than the one of last year in terms of providing the necessary leadership to the learners. Unlike the proverbial saying of "spare the rod and spoil the child" Klopppers impressed upon his audience, especially parents who expected teachers to discipline children that corporal punishment was not part of disciplining as this has been outlawed. He pointed out that any teacher at the school signs agreement to the effect that corporal punishment is not allowed at the school as this is against the constitution. However, this does not mean that school rules do not prevail and the best way of discipline is to adhere to school rules, said the Principal.

"Those who do know me know me know that I don't like disorder and it cannot be tolerated," Kloppers said emphatically determining that discipline shall prevail at the school without corporal punishment.

Kloppers further impressed upon the parents that they had equal responsibility as the school in ensuring learner discipline that should start at home and this entailed among others, ensuring that learners are tidy like having short hair. He said parents fearing the lowering of standards at the school should bring their due by ensuring that standards do not drop. "Why not help to keep them up by holding my hand," the principal pleaded with the parents adding that one way in which they could help was by dropping children in time. He said the school was busy erecting another security gate which would be closed by 7h10 and children who are not on the school premises by this time would find themselves locked outside.

Pleading for the cooperation of both the parents and learners, Kloppers pointed out that the school can only be weak as its weakest link which can either be one of the three links, the teachers, parents and learners. However when the three stand together, the school can be as strong as it can be. He cautioned the parents against being only active in their complaints but not when the school needs their help.

Kloppers particularly urged parents to take active interest in the school work of their children, be closed to them and to communicate with them all the time emphasising that communication is important.

He said children are sensitive beings and it is imperative that parents always talk to them and understand them. To emphasise the much-needed camaraderie among parents in terms of standing together in supporting the school, the meeting ended with the hymn Bind us together o Lord led by the one of the teachers on piano while holding each others hands.

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