Principals’ Association launched

2017-07-19 06:05

PRINCIPALS from the uMgungundlovu District are invited to the launch of the uMgungundlovu Principals Association (MPA) at Piet Retief Primary School on July 19 at 1pm.

The association’s objective, among others, is to promote and enhance educational leadership and effective school management teams.

Other objectives are to provide principals with opportunities for professional development, to participate in curriculum development and educational restructuring, to recognise and promote the role of principals in schools and in their communities, to undertake educational research, publish journals and/or news sheets, and disseminate professional literature.

“We will adopt a code of ethics which shall not conflict in any way with any code of ethics adopted by the South Africa Council of Educators. We will promote liaison between the MPA and other teacher associations and unions, and we seek to establish links with international associations of principals,” reads the association’s campaign document.

It further states that the MPA will seek to promote the interests of its members and to promote, support or oppose any proposed legislative or other measures affecting the interests of its members.

“We will plan and organise our administration and lawful activities, and we will use any legitimate means to induce employees to become members. We also seek to offer services for the advancement of the objectives of the association,” the document reads.

Interim chairperson of the association, Mlungisi Maphumulo invited principals and acting principals throughout uMgungundlovu to attend the launch.

“Our objectives as an association are to promote and enhance ethical and upright leadership in schools, provide principals with opportunities for personal development and as principals, teach each other about ways to better perform our duties,” Maphumulo said.

He said the association also intends to ensure that the channels of communication between it and the DoE and teachers’ unions are clear.

“But we wish to stress that we are not a teachers’ union, our association will not deal with labour-related issues,” he said.

The association will additionally function as a knowledge- sharing platform, especially for principals in the best performing schools in the district to share their experiences and advice for the benefit of others to improve their own schools he said.

“Principals play an important role in the success that a school can attain. Principals are like the locomotive of a train - if the locomotive is derailed then the entire train will run off the tracks,” he said.

Maphumulo said the official leadership structure for the association will be elected at the launch.

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