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Karas High qualifies for the National Quiz Competition

by Michael Tambo


Karasburg High School came out first in the National High School’s spelling and Quiz (SpelQuizBee) competitions held at P K De Villiers last weekend and will be representing the region for the second time in the finals.
About 20 schools from nine towns around Karasburg region participated in the National High Schools’ Spelling and Quiz competition and from the 20 schools; Karasburg High and Suiderlig Secondary School made it into the national quiz competitions.
The 20 schools were grouped into four categories with each group comprising of four schools battling each other in the quiz category.
From each group, two top schools were selected to contest semi- finals and from the eight schools, the top four proceeded to the finals which were won by Karasburg High with a total of 35 points. Suiderlig Secondary School came out in the second position with 18 points, followed by Best of Karasburg, a select team comprising of best kids from three schools with 16 points and last on the least was J.A. Nel with 12 points.
In the spelling category, four students qualified and these will represent their region in the national spellings competitions which will be held on the date still to be announced at Hilton Hotel this year. In the junior spellings category Lena Nakalemo, a Grade 10 student from J.A Nel and Wendy-Lee Penda a Grade 8 student from Luderitz Secondary school qualified for the national spelling final competitions. Ashley Beukes (Grade 11) from P.K. De Villiers Secondary School and Marchelle Matroos from Mariental High Schools are the qualifiers for the senior spelling category.
It is more than just a coincidence that SpelQuizBee returns to the South right at the closure of a successful Career Fair in the Karas Region.
SpelQuizBee does not only enhance English proficiency, but fosters a reading culture among learners and comes at a right time when so many solutions are being presented for education with its only uniqueness well punctuated in its practicability.
Last year a total of 5000 learners from 9 regions: Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa were grouped into four "zones" in the debut season of SpelQuizBee where 80 schools participated.
 This year, all the 13 regions in the country are expected to participate where an estimate of 180 school schools, 12 000 learners country wide will benefit from this initiative.
The southern show was funded by Namibia Quality Beverages, Shoprite and three mining giants, Namdeb, Scorpion Zinc and Rosh Pinah.
The event was graced by the presence of the event funders and the Mayor for Karas region who challenged the province to introduce and make use of community libraries around the community in order to promote a culture of reading amongst learners and members of the community.