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Seven schools meet in SpelQuizBee finals


by Michael Tambo
Education

Seven schools will battle it out in the National High Schools’ spelling and quiz competition finals (SpelQuizBee) to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek this Friday.

The schools - P. K De Villiers Secondary, Karasburg High, Ekulo Secondary, Windhoek High, Hage Geingob High, Otjiwarongo Secondary and Grootfontein Secondary - came out tops in their regions in the quiz competitions and will each send three students who will constitute a team.

P. K. De Villiers scored 43 points; Karasburg, 40 points; Ekulo, 30 points; Windhoek High, 63 points; Hage Geingob, 75 points; Otjiwarongo, 52 points; and Grootfontein qualified with 30 points.

In the spelling category, 18 - nine juniors and nine seniors - will also compete in the spelling competitions on the same day. 

The students are expected to come to Windhoek on Wednesday.

The contestants will have the privileged to meet the Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma and will proceed to the State House to meet the President, His Excellency, Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba.

SpelQuizBee is for Grades 9 up to 12 and is currently being aired on Namibia Broadcasting Corporation every Thursday at 17H00.

SpelQuizBee is held in two categories; the Spelling Bee and the Quiz Bee. The Spelling Bee has both junior and senior categories.

Quiz questions and spelling words are composed from the current examination curriculum with the assistance of the Ministry of Education.

Winners of the Quiz Bee will each get a floating trophy, an Acer laptop with 3G for each member; gold medal for each and N$15 000 to be shared.

The second prize is N$500 scholarship for each learner; N$500 MacMillan/Edumeds voucher and silver medals for each pupil and a meet-the-Namibian role model of choice for the team.

The school that wins two or more of the categories stands to get a year’s fuel supply deal from Shell.

SpelQuizBee is endorsed by the Ministry of Education and run by Prime Focus Magazine with sponsorship from Coca-Cola, Macmillan Education Namibia, Shell Namibia, Zebra Holdings, British Council, OTB Sport and Trophy World.