Duinesig shows the way

Jovita Shaduka

Walvis Bay education circuit inspector Theresia Goagoses has applauded Duinesig High School for performing well in the 2023 Namibia Senior Secondary advanced subsidiary and ordinary level examinations.

The school ranks sixth in the country among public schools.

One of the school’s pupils, Jovita Shaduka, scored A symbols in mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and accounting at advanced subsidiary level, and is among Namibia’s top 20 best performers.

Goagoses on Friday said the best was yet to come in 2024, considering the dedication of parents, pupils and teachers.

“I am very proud and excited for Walvis Bay, in particular Duinesig. Walvis Bay and Erongo are on the map.

“We will be making use of the best intervention practices that Duinesig used last year to upgrade and improve results in 2024. We had a plan for Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and Omaruru circuit in 2023.

“Teachers worked around the clock, and we would like to applaud them. They deserve gratitude. They did not have any mid-term break or much time with their families last year.

“Some had classes on Saturdays. There was no rest. That is what brought about these good results. I will encourage those schools that did not do well to emulate this example.

“We will see which strategies worked and how to improve on the others,” she said.

School principal Stanley Urikhob said the entire Duinesig school community was proud of the school’s achievements, noting that pupils and teachers were equally committed.

“We are very excited. The AS level pupils did extremely well. We are proud of their performance. I also thank the teachers for all their dedication. I would like the next group to emulate the examples of this group and ensure that our school remains at the top.

|”This group was exemplary and extremely disciplined throughout the year. If they could do it, the rest can do it too. It will not just happen. It takes hard work,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shaduka said she is still trying to process the news of her achievement.

“I was not expecting it. I feel blessed. My hard work last year has really paid off. We had a lot of content to study. I actually joked with my friends a week before the results were released that I was called by the education director, who informed me that I was the best.

“Imagine the shock when I received a call from the principal. I want to tell those we left behind to pray a lot. Prayers got me through it all. Know why you are at school and do not lose focus,” she said.

Shaduka plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Namibia.

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