Remembering Oshigambo High and Its Principals

Growing up at Oshigambo, Ekamba A village, my proximity to Oshigambo High School was more than just geographical – it was emotional and aspirational.

I lived merely a stone’s throw from the former girls’ hostel, while my grandfather’s house was only a few steps from the boys’ hostel. Oshigambo High School felt like my second home.

Though I harboured dreams of studying there, my academic performance at the time did not match the school’s rigorous standards. Nevertheless, the school has always held a special place in my heart.

Oshigambo High School has been guided by three exemplary indigenous principals during my formative years and into my adulthood: Timoteus Ndakunda, Fillipus Henock and its current principal, Pinehas Ekongo.

Each of these leaders are highly esteemed for their exceptional character and stringent leadership, reflected in the school’s outstanding academic performance and strict no-tolerance policy on misconduct.

Ndakunda, a scientist with extensive knowledge in education and a deep reverence for God, has set a strong foundation. Henock, a clergyman with degrees in both theology and education, has continued this legacy. Ekongo, blessed with extraordinary management and leadership skills, has further elevated the school’s standards. His previous leadership roles have left a trail of academic excellence, underscoring his capability.

Although Oshigambo High School has long been a beacon of excellence, it has now surpassed its previous high standards. Parents aspire for their children to attend Oshigambo High School due to its holistic approach to education.

Oshigambo High School is in capable hands. The principal’s firm stance on discipline ensures a conducive learning environment. Let us not allow indiscipline to take root. The entire school management and board deserve praise for their dedication to maintaining high standards, embodying selflessness for the greater good and ensuring the school’s continuous success.

Civic education for parents is crucial. They must understand the distinction between rights and privileges in a secondary school hostel, especially private hostel rules. They should recognise that access to a hostel is not an inherent right, although pupils possess certain fundamental entitlements.

On the other hand, privileges in a secondary school hostel are benefits that can be adjusted based on behaviour and performance.

Balancing rights and privileges is crucial in a private school hostel setting. Rights are fundamental and must be upheld regardless of a pupil’s behaviour, while privileges can be earned or revoked based on adherence to rules and regulations.

This balance incentivises pupils to maintain good behaviour and academic performance.

Pohamba Snr Mushelenga

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