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China slowdown's impact on Namibia

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China, the world's second largest economy, has been undergoing an economic slowdown that is likely to persist until the end of the year, and Namibia is affected too.


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      Don't Let Varsity Trappings Ruin Your Dreams


      EVERY PUPIL GETS inspiration from somewhere before writing matric.

      It could be from friends or family members who have gone to university and have returned with a more expensive phone and better clothes.

      These pupils therefore work hard to reach that standard.

      Parents are thrilled to be able to send their kids to university, and teachers are proud of their work.

      Once at university, parents consider you as grown up enough to make your own decisions.

      Some students get accommodation at university hostels or in flats within walking distance of the institution.

      Tertiary institutions accommodate students of many different cultures, who may struggle to adjust and make new friends.

      Some students don't know what it means to put in a strong academic effort and sustain it.

      They may have been successful in high school with little effort.

      With little supervision, students often lose focus of their studies and engage in binge drinking and unprotected sex.

      This could lead to unexpected pregnancies, which puts pressure on their parents back home.

      Drinking at college has become a ritual that students often see as an integral part of their higher education experience.

      Parents then receive the shocking news of their children dying while under the influence of alcohol.

      The majority of students who spend most of their time on social media likely demonstrate poor academic performance.

      This is because they spend time chatting online and making friends on social media instead of studying and reading books.

      Furthermore, social media promotes cyberbullying. Once students come to realise the time they have wasted, it's too late, which forces them to repeat modules and spend more years at university, while some end up abandoning their dreams.

      Dear students, don't take for granted what your parents or guardians do to keep you in school.

      Use the opporunity wisely, because not everyone gets it.

      Make your parents proud instead of them regretting that they sent you to university.

      David Matias

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