Taking education to the next level

2015-12-03 06:00
Glenhaven Secondary School principal, Phillip Reddy. Photo: supplied

Glenhaven Secondary School principal, Phillip Reddy. Photo: supplied

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GLENHAVEN Secondary school principal Philip Reddy has made the province of KZN and his school proud once more after being selected for an international development tour of China.

Reddy, a National Teaching Award winner and KZN Premier Service Excellence Award winner, has been selected by the Department of Basic Education together with 24 other principals from different provinces to go on the professional development tour to China.

The aim of the tour is to return and take the South African education system to another level of excellence.

Reddy said South Africa will be looking to China for a superior model of developing the capacity of public servants.

“Pilot projects are going to be launched to strengthen the quality of performance management. Critical areas that need attention include human resources, supply chain and financial management. A high volume programme is being developed by the state that will be compulsory for all public servants,” said Reddy

“A cohort of 25 South African senior managers will soon leave for China to customize existing programmes that the Chinese have. The focus will be on issues of planning and implementation and economic sector issues,” said Reddy.

“According to sources, The People’s Republic of China offers the best training and has a history of government administration that dates back centuries.

“James Ndlebe, director of Education Management and Governance Development of the National Department of Basic Education will lead the group. Funding for the professional development tour is being provided by the South African and Chinese Governments.”

The group will fly to Beijing via Dubai as guests on Emirates Airlines on 12 December 2015 and return on 23 December 2015.

After visiting Hanban to be introduced to the Chinese Education System, they will transfer to Jiangsu by bullet train and to Fujian by flight.

Here they will visit the local education authority and be introduced to the development of local primary and secondary school education.

They will attend lectures on Chinese education reform, visit local schools and participate in discussion and share sessions between China principals and themselves.

Cultural activities form part of the itinerary as well while some time would be budgeted for visiting the ‘Tulou’ Homes of Fujian which are classified as Unesco world heritage sites, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Place, Great Wall and Ming Tombs.

On returning home, the principals are expected to cascade what they learnt in China by conducting workshops for principals in their respective provinces.

Reddy said: “Having served at site, provincial and national levels, I am honoured to be now doing so at an international level. I would be failing in my duty if I did not place on record my sincere gratitude to the Department of Basic Education MEC Angie Motshekgha for hand-picking us.”

Reddy said he is looking forward to the trip to China being an enriching cultural experience, an empowerment exercise and a holiday destination.

“Understandably, as the job requires, I would like to brain drain the Chinese principals on one hand and tick off the must-sees on the other hand.

“My quest is to come back and add value to my school, province and country as a whole. On behalf of the team I would like to thank Deva Moodliar of Apollo Sport who manufactured tracksuits in our patriotic colours to give us a common national identity,” said Reddy.

Pastor Andre Padia, chairperson of the Board of Governors at Glenhaven, was thrilled when he heard the news.

Padia said: “Our principal has done it again. He will make a fine ambassador for our country. The SGB, staff, pupils and community wish him well and look forward to his return with more innovations. ”

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