By Alina Josef
ONGWEDIVA’S Kleine Kuppe Private School obtained a 100 percent pass rate in 2017 for all its primary pupils. The school plans to compete with other schools in the Namibia Junior Secondary Certificate (JSSC) level performances next year – when its first grade nine learners sit for the JSSC.
The institutional culture at Kleine Kuppe embodies relentless hard work. It appears as though resting does not enjoy priority at this school especially for teachers who have to undergo yearly extensive training workshops irrespective of their teaching qualifications.
John Mugaviri, the founder of Kleine Kuppe explains that, the rationale behind training teachers is because it plays a huge role in the success of the pupils.
“Next year, we want to compete with other schools at national level,” he says. This shouldn’t be hard to achieve, as Mugaviri adds that all the teachers are qualified andhave vast teaching experience.
Mugaviri who is a former lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology as well as a Chartered Management Accountant by profession says the school’s success is attributed to selfless service and complete dedication round the clock. He proudly says as an accountant this has allowed him to keep all the school’s financial books in order and “salaries of my staff have never been late,” he jokingly says.
Established in 2008, the school has grown into a hub of excellence in education, and offers pre-school for ages 3-5, primary school grades 1-7 as well as part-time tutorials for grade 10 and 12 repeat candidates under the auspices of the Kleine Kuppe Academic Tutorial College. Having introduced grade 8 this year -2018, the school’s enrollment has increased from 207 pupils in 2017 to 340 this year for full time learners.
Mugaviri was quick to add that, the performance of any school is as good as the participation of the parents in both academic and extra mural activities of the school, whilst thanking the pivotal role parents have played so far.
He applauds the Namibian education system, noting that it has been designed correctly although there is still room for improvement. He also urged other sectors to come on board.
Discipline instilled in learners is evident in the school’s cleanliness. The premises are clean, intact and cared for, thereby creating a pleasant learning environment.
The school also has more than 30 vulnerable children fully sponsored by the school with respect to uniforms, school stationery and a feeding programme. Four new classrooms are nearing completion as enrollment figures continue to increase each year.
Acknowledging the importance of ICT, the school is donating computers to other schools either directly or through its regional education directorate as part of its social responsibility.
The school’s principal, Isabel Miguel says she enjoys her work because the school has all the resources it needs. The teachers are skilled and we receive full support from our educational directorate, parents and community at large.
“I am proud to be here. We have instilled a good learning culture in the learners and we are also fortunate that parents of the children help us in so many ways,” she noted.
The school currently has 22 full time teachers, five of whom are foreign nationals and 10 full time administration staff.
Expansion plans are in the pipeline with the school having already secured an 11 000 square meters plot in the Helao Nafidi Town Council to construct another school. Other plans include constructing a hostel for the learners.
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