Local teacher wins national honour

2011-03-01 00:00

KHARINA Secondary School teacher Pregason Moodley has done his school and city proud by taking second place in a national teachers’ competition.

Growing up, Moodley said, he was a mischievous youth who could have easily ended up in jail.

Today he uses his experience to motivate his pupils, many of whom come from poor households, to do something with their lives.

After 28 years in the profession, Moodley has been recognised for his achievements by coming second in the 2010 National Teaching Awards for Excellence in secondary school teaching.

While Moodley and seven other teachers in the province qualified as the provincial champions in their categories, he was the only qualifier in the province to make it to the national leg of the competition.

Winners were announced at a gala ceremony at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

Commenting on his win, Moodley told The Witness he has always worked hard and done everything to the best of his ability without seeking any accolades.

“I view my service to children as a service to God. That is why I work the way that I do and display ethics and give 100%, not only in the classroom but engaging in teaching that goes beyond the classroom.

“I teach my pupils life skills and share with them my past to sober them up, because a positive attitude can impact on the environment around them,” he said.

Moodley is department head for maths, science and computer studies at Kharina Secondary.

As a maths teacher there, he produced a 100% pass rate in 2008, 98% in 2009 and 97% in 2010.

Over the years he has coached many sporting codes. In recent years his involvement has been in volleyball. Many of his players have played in the national schools team, with some making it to the national senior squad.

“I appreciate the award, but the greatest joy I get on earth is when my children do well. Nothing compares to the joy of knowing that what you are doing is touching children’s lives. My glow comes from those achievements. That is where I get my greatest kick.”

For instance, a pupil of Moodley’s, who hailed from a squatter camp, became a top achiever at the school.

That pupil is in their third year at university reading for a degree in engineering.

In 2008, one of Moodley’s pupils was the best in KZN for maths and science with a pass rate of 98% and 96% respectively.

I appreciate the award, but the greatest joy I get on earth is when my children do well. Nothing compares to the joy of knowing that what you are doing is touching children’s lives. Pregason Moodley

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