Marburg says farewell to headmaster ‘PK’

2011-12-06 00:00

MARBURG residents bid farewell yesterday to P.K. (Reggie) Govender, principal of Jai Hind Primary School in Albersville, who died on Thursday.

Grieving family and friends, teachers from the Ugu District, officials from the Education Department and former and present pupils paid their last respects to “PK”, as he was affectionately known, at his funeral at the Andhra Hall.

Govender began his teaching career in 1978 at the Moosa Bux School, now named Louisanna Primary School.

In 1984 he transferred to Jai Hind Primary School where he rose to the position of senior primary head of department in 1996.

Four years later he was promoted to deputy principal.

In 2004 he was made principal, a post he held until his death.

Speaking on behalf of the staff, vice-principal Rosh Audan said, “Under his leadership Jai Hind Primary grew in size and stature.

“It developed into an institution that has been dubbed the foremost school in the town, upholding its mission and vision with aggressive dedication.”

Audan said Govender’s death has created a huge vacuum in the lives of all he touched.

A statement by the school’s governing body read: “In our many hours of interaction with him, we have come to know and understand a man who loved his vocation, but more so, the children who attended Jai Hind Primary.

“As a governing body of this institution we are deeply shocked and saddened by our sudden loss …”

“His legacy will live on in this school for many years to come,” the statement added.

“We anticipate that the seed planted by him will germinate into a tree that will serve as a beacon for future generations of this school.”

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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