KEETMANSHOOP: Sixty-one grade 10 and 12 students at the Suiderlig High School at Keetmanshoop has written a complaints letter to their principal opposing the compulsory study sessions.
The school took a decision on September 25 that all grade 10 and 12 hostel boarders will have to leave the hostel and go to classes to study under teachers’ supervision instead of studying in the hostel.
This is done in an effort to encourage them to study hard and obtain good points to secure admittance at tertiary institutions.
Speaking to Nampa in an interview at the school on Thursday Suiderlig principal Deon Williams said on the 27 September, the students gave him a letter that says it is not fair that they are made to study under supervision.
Students are required to study from 08h00 to 13h00 every week day and they think this is too much for them.
Williams says the school decided to introduce compulsory study sessions because some students do not study hard without supervision in the hostel.
On the day of the petition 11 students from grade 12 boycotted the study sessions and remained in the hostel for the whole day.
“They refused to come to classes to study; instead they lock themselves in the hostel rooms and stayed there. So I issued the warning letters that they signed after that they realized how serious we and never miss studies again,” the principal said.
The petition was forwarded to the Karas Regional Director of Education /Awebahe //Hoeseb who responded that the school acted in the interest of all learners thus study sessions should continue.
“The director said he is in support of the decision and we are looking forward to a good pass this year,” Williams anticipated.
Suiderlig also decided in September that all grades 11 and 12 will have to obtain 25 points in their mid-year exams to be allowed to attend the matric farewell party at the end of 2013.
Principal explained that for grade 11 the points are collected from November exam while for grade 12 are from April exam as the farewell party will take place earlier than November.
According to him a student who pass in grade 11 and failed in grade 12 will be allowed to participate in the farewell function.
Likewise, those who failed at grade 11 and obtained the required points in grade 12 will also participate.
Deon said such actions are helping learners perform at the top of their abilities and added that this year 85 per cent of grade 12 passed their mid-year exams.
“These are things we do for them, and can you imagine they are saying they study too much,” he asked.