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More grades at Rosh Pinah Academy

It was a day of joy for the learners of Rosh Pinah Academy when they moved into their new classrooms. This school has started a Grade 8 class this year, and will eventually offer tuition up to Grade 10. The improved and expanded buildings are a gift from Skorpion Zinc.

It was a day of joy for the learners of Rosh Pinah Academy when they moved into their new classrooms. This school has started a Grade 8 class this year, and will eventually offer tuition up to Grade 10. The improved and expanded buildings are a gift from Skorpion Zinc.

Rosh Pinah Academy accepted its first learners in 2009. Only four years later, the school has applied to the Ministry of Education to upgrade to full Junior Secondary, with the aim of offering classes up to Grade 10. The extensions to the buildings are funded by Skorpion Zinc mine.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony held on Saturday, 13 July, Skorpion Zinc General Manager, Satish Kumar said “it is Skorpion Zinc’s ultimate goal that this expansion will translate into more affordable quality education. It should be noted that, apart from the infrastructure, the company has also been contributing substantially to the operating expenditure of the school since its inception.”
This high school expansion project started when many employees of Skorpion Zinc and the Rosh Pinah community at large expressed the need for more classroom space for the children of Rosh Pinah, particularly high school space to accommodate more learners.
“We heeded their plea, engaged with Rosh Pinah Academy and decided to expand the infrastructure of the school within certain conditions. These included the school applying to the Ministry of Education to offer junior secondary schooling up to Grade 10, as well as increasing the maximum number of learners per class to boost total numbers in each grade. These additions to the former primary school, at a cost of over N$ 2.1 million constructed by Skorpion Zinc, which includes three classrooms, a science laboratory, an ablution block and an extension to the administration building, will see it take the first big step to a full junior secondary school.
“Our ambition is to ensure that the schools in Rosh Pinah remain competitive with any other school in the country and, most importantly, offer UNAM and Polytechnic the best possible candidates for their courses,” said Kumar.

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