RUNDU: Grades 10 and 12 learners have been urged to regard their forthcoming year-end examinations as a stepping stone that would shape their future, and they should thus start to prepare well in advance for these examinations.
Grade 10s will sit for the Junior Secondary School Examination (JSSE) from 25 September to 23 October, while the Grade 12’s Namibia Senior Secondary Examination (NSSE) will take place from 24 September to 06 November.
Education Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo launched the ‘Are you ready for the examination?’ campaign on Thursday, which drew hundreds of learners and teachers from all corners of the region to the Dr. Romanus Kampungu Secondary School Hall in the Kavango Region.
Iyambo urged the learners to work hard, with diligence and persistence, as the 2012 final examinations approach.
“The opportunity for a brighter future depends on the decision you will take during the forthcoming examinations, and I appeal to you all to make the right choices,” the Education minister stated.
He also called on both Grades 10 and 12 learners to prepare an action plan and strategy during the forthcoming final examinations if they want to make it, and stressed that they should not let the country’s future down by failing the examinations.
Iyambo then cautioned learners to avoid using cellphone text language, as doing so will lead them to fail.
The minister furthermore reminded learners that he too had to endure some hardship to make it, and advised the learners to set up study programmes and align it to their examination timetables.
They can also form study groups, and not study individually.
Iyambo then cautioned especially Grade 12 learners who will be making an exit from formal school not to vandalise Government properties after their final examination, and warned that culprits found doing so will face the full wrath of the law.
The minister also advised teachers to extend a helping hand to their learners by exposing them to past question papers, and giving them tips on how to reduce anxiety and fear, as well as supervising them closely during study hours.
“Be approachable, and advise learners as this is an important time in their lives,” the minister stressed.
A total of 33 414 Grade 10 learners will write examinations, while 19 160 learners will sit for Grade 12 examinations in the Kavango Region this year.
When the 2011 Grade 12 results were revealed, the Kavango Region came third countrywide, and seventh in Grade 10 exams.
The campaign was characterised by various cultural performances from various schools in the region, while several learners delivered motivational speeches to their fellow learners on how to prepare for the forthcoming examinations.