The principal of the Oranjemund Private School (OPS) Beter Meyer has urged schools in the country to embrace reward-oriented disciplinary measures rather then punitive discipline.
Speaking to the media during a recent tour to the diamond town, Meyer said his school has reaped immense rewards through the implementation of a disciplinary code that aims to reward learners who obey school rules.
He noted that instead of concentrating on punishing learners who step over the line the school aims to embark on remedial exercises that are aimed at growing the child.
Learners accrue points for good behaviour and after accumulating a special number they are allowed various privileges such as wearing civil clothes to school, getting a N$50 mobile phone voucher amongst others.
The school that offers up to the 11th grade for close to 800 learners with a teaching component of 49 has been the top performing learner institution in the Karas Region last year when the 10th grade was introduced for the first time.
Meyer promised that the school will emulate its achievement again this year while it would aim to become the top performing school in the grade 12 examinations once the grade is introduced at the school next year.
The school principal pointed out that his school was not without problems as two learners fell pregnant last year.
"These learners were given all the support they require and I am proud to say they are both back at school and doing extremely well," he beamed.
The school that is fully funded by Namdeb offers special classes such as a bridging class for learners that struggle with English language and numeracy skills while an opportunity class facility caters for learners who are academically challenged and a “motorical” exercise for the physically challenged.
The school also boasts an indoor swimming pool while the learners, despite the remoteness of Oranjemund take part in national sporting events and even compete with their peers in neighbouring South Africa just across the Orange River that borders the town.
OPS follow the Namibian National Broad Curriculum and is registered as a private school in the Karas Region.
Classes are offered until 16h00 in the afternoon and are compulsory for both learners and the educators that include specialised teachers in some subjects that are not part of the formal curricula.
Meyer stressed that as the only school in the town no learner is turned away when applying for admission.
However, potential learners have to sit for an aptitude test to gauge their levels to ensure that they are given due attention needed.