Education Dept mourns death of inspirational leader Jennifer Baiju

2017-06-07 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedJennifer Ann Baiju.

PHOTO: suppliedJennifer Ann Baiju.

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EDUCATION MEC in KwaZulu-Natal Mthandeni Dlungwane has expressed shock after the news of the death of uMgungundlovu District director for Education Jennifer Ann Baiju.

Baiju, who served the department in various capacities for more than two decades, died on Tuesday following a short illness.In a statement Dlungwane described Baiju as an outstanding administrator and committed leader.

The statement said she had committed her life in the education sector and was instrumental in promoting the transformation of the education system.

“Over the past few years the department of education benefited from her visionary leadership, which portrayed her philosophy that teaching should make a difference in society,” Dlungwane said in the statement.

The statement said that Baiju’s contributions and expertise in the field of education had been widely acknowledged by colleagues in the department.

“As we mourn her passing, the department appreciates her invaluable contribution, and she will be remembered as one of the most dedicated leaders the department has produced. We take this opportunity to convey our sincere condolences to the friends and members of the bereaved family.”

A memorial service for Baiju will be held at Maritzburg College today at 12 pm and she will be buried tomorrow.

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