Principal says he will miss time spent at Islamic school

2014-12-19 00:00

AFTER a 44-year career in education and 19 years of service to his current school, the principal of Nizamia Islamic School, Omar Cassim Mohideen, has announced his retirement.

A specialist in English and ­mathematics, Mohideen began his teaching career at the Roodeport ­Secondary School, where he taught beside anti-apartheid activist and political leader Ahmed Timol.

His educational career traversed through more than nine schools, after which he stepped in as principal of ­Nizamia Islamic School.

Mohideen said since the school is in good shape and “it’s time [he] hands the baton over to his successor”.

“Time flies. The 19 years that I spent at Nizamia will be remembered with fondness.

“Yes, there were several challenges. These challenges were significant places to direct and redirect our steps through the maze of life.

“The approach to resolve issues around the challenges, with the help and support of colleagues, added to the joys of the experience.”

Mohideen’s successor, Sheikh Irshaadh Amod, said Modideen’s priority was always the pupils, and there are not many principals around who are still able to teach and run a school.

Former Nizamia Islamic School pupil Yusuf Peer said he felt fortunate to have had Mohideen as his high school principal and English teacher, who incidentally taught his mother English decades earlier in Gauteng.

“He was always ready to engage on student issues, to find solutions to our problems and to improve our experiences as students. He was also a fantastic English teacher and went out of his way to see us excel in our matric examinations,” Peer said.

Mohideen’s retirement plan includes a pilgrimage to Mecca with his family, but he has pledged to remain involved with the school through the governing body.

“I will certainly miss it. It kept me alert and active mentally, physically and spiritually,” Mohideen said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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