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Namwandi, NIED clarify revised curriculum

Minister of Education David Namwandi says the medium of instruction from pre-primary to Grade 3 will remain the same next year.
“We know what the medium of instruction is and it will remain the same,” Namwandi said on Wednesday, clarifying the confusion about the implementation of mother-tongue instruction in junior primary grades next year.
Namwandi said what has been put on hold is mother-tongue instruction in Grade 4 and 5 until the language policy is finalised.
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Top Ten share their secrets

Success does not happen overnight. Just ask the top ten performers in the NSSC Grade 12 Higher Level exams, who all say that it took hard work and dedication for them to be amongst the country’s best this year.
According to Namibia’s top performer in the Grade 12 exams, René Spoerer from Windhoek Gymnasium, it takes commitment and hard work to achieve success and it is important to be interested in what you are doing.
“It is also not just about yourself, but about everyone around you like your family and teachers that help you,” he said.
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Female drug dealer found guilty

Elizabeth Bongiwe Hajisi, 37, has been found guilty by the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court of dealing in cocaine and will be sentenced on January 14, 2015.
Hajisi was arrested on July 25 last year after 27 pieces of crack cocaine, and nine Mandrax tablets were discovered in a room at her house in Martinbilly Street, Kuisebmond.
The drugs were discovered hidden in a towel and in a baby shoe. She denied that the drugs belonged to her and pleaded not guilty.
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Community forestry project takes off

The community forestry project in Namibia started in all earnest this year, with project management units being put in place and community members receiving training on forest management to combat forest fires and illegal logging.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry gave an overview about its achievements and projects for this financial year to Namibian Sun.
One of the projects it highlighted was the start of Namibia’s community forestry project, supported by the German government.
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Thousands petition rhino hunt in Namibia

More than 100 000 people have signed petitions against the controversial black rhino trophy hunt in Namibia that was auctioned at the beginning of this year to a Texas hunter and sparked outrage internationally.
The permit was sold by the Dallas Safari Club to the Texas hunter, Corey Knowlton, for N$3.7 million (US$350 000) at the time.
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Two die in accident at Oshuungu

Two passengers died on the spot while five other people were injured in a horrific car accident at Oshuungu village on the Oshakati-Oshikuku main road on Thursday evening.
According to the police the accident happened when a Mazda station wagon coming from the direction of Oshikuku tried to overtake and crashed into the oncoming Volkswagen Jetta.
The violence of the impact was such that the Jetta was ripped apart, killing two passengers while the driver and another passenger sustained serious injuries.
Three people in the Mazda, including the driver, were injured.
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IUM expands to Kavango West

The International University of Management is expanding its services and is opening a campus at Nkurenkuru in Kavango West next year to take care of the of growing student population.
The university already has campuses in Ongwediva, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Windhoek.
IUM Vice-Chancellor Virginia Namwandi told Namibian Sun that they already have a presence at Nkurenkuru. “We have already hired lecturers and they will start lecturing in mid-February next year,” Namwandi said.
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President Pohamba encourages Grade 10 learners to work hard

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has encouraged learners who did not perform well in this year’s Grade 10 examinations to work harder next year.
He said this on Friday while addressing members of the Okanghudi community during a Christmas party for children of that village.
Pohamba congratulated those who made it to Grade 11, and asked those who did not make it to demonstrate dedication to their schoolwork.
Out of a total of 35 592 Grade 10 candidates who sat for the examinations, only 19 264 qualified for admission to Grade 11.
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Outgoing //Karas Governor promises bright future

The Governor of the //Karas Region, Clinton Swartbooi, who has gained a seat in the National Assembly on the Swapo ticket, is looking forward to his new political role as a challenge.
He in fact sees it as a rise from his current position as regional governor to elected Member of Parliament.
“The decision of the electorate goes along with immense expectation and that is a heavy load requiring lot of responsibility from us as elected leaders,” Swartbooi said in an interview with Namibian Sun.
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