Orandjemund will soon add another secondary school for its inhabitants to prevent learners from going to study in South Africa and/or the rest of Namibia.
The only secondary school in the diamond town, which is owned by Namdeb, is the Orandjemund Private School. It has, over the years, had to turn down some students due to its limited capacity.
This state of affairs has forced some learners to seek education elsewhere. Although the school has been in existence for a while, it only opened its doors to Grade 12 learners at the beginning of this year.
However, the town will soon be able to cater for all its learners with the addition a second school; this time, a State secondary school to be operational next year.
The existent Orandjemund Private School recently held its first ever matric farewell that saw an attendance by all its 50 Grade 12 students and local onlookers.
“Previously, children were forced to attend high schools elsewhere [across Namibia] while in some instances, others would go to South Africa,” says Namdeb brand manager, Pauline Thomas.
The school, although regarded as private school, has since adopted the public syllabus and is half-funded by Namdeb while parents are required to provide the rest of the fees aided by Government subsidies.
“We currently have 50 Grade 12 learners who were all invited to the matric farewell and all attended. The first-ever mayor of Orandjemund town, Henry Coetzee and his wife, Namdeb’s general manager, Riaan Burger and his wife, as well as Wolfi Teichert and his wife, OPS School Management Committee Chairman and Lead: Orandjemund Town Management all attended,” Thomas adds.
According to her, the town’s mayor contributed to the establishment of the senior secondary school phase.
“We are confident this excellent relationship between the town council and the school will become even stronger with the envisaged creation of the Orandjemund Junior Town Council,” Thomas adds.
“In mid-last year, parents of the present Grade 12 group of learners started to raise funds for their children’s farewell. Some of the proceeds went into a tour at the beginning of this year for all the matric students. The objective was to visit as many universities as possible during the first trimester’s mid-term break. These visits added great value to their future career plans. The school added a few days of work, shadowing for every Grade 12 learner during the past school holiday, which also assisted them in their future career choices,” the principal, Dieter Meyer, says.