Rural school’s principal to receive Sadtu award for excellent results

2017-05-05 14:00
Jabula Combined School principal Sibusiso Mabaso will today receive an award on behalf of his school at the Sadtu Annual Principals Awards ceremony in Durban.

Jabula Combined School principal Sibusiso Mabaso will today receive an award on behalf of his school at the Sadtu Annual Principals Awards ceremony in Durban. (Nompilo Kunene)

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Jabula Combined School principal Sibusiso Mabaso, who has been selected for a Sadtu top award, says he is excited about the nomination.

Mabaso will be awarded for his school’s excellent 2016 matric results.

Jabula Combined School, located in Lidgetton near Howick, is among the top three schools in the uMgungundlovu District that received outstanding matric results in 2016.

Mabaso will be awarded at Friday’s Sadtu Annual Principals Awards ceremony in Durban after the school’s 2016 matric class achieved a 100% pass rate.

Mabaso, who has been the principal at the school for the past 10 years, said this was the first time that the school had scored a 100% pass rate.

“We are extremely excited and proud of this achievement.

“These excellent results were a product of co-operation and commitment from the teachers, the pupils and the parents.

“We all worked hard throughout the year. We had extra classes, study camps and afternoon study sessions which were supervised by parents,” said Mabaso.

Mabaso said the school had in February received an award of excellence from the KZN Department of Education.

The school, Mabaso said, had used the March exams to identify pupil weaknesses before developing a turnaround strategy to deal with these.

“The community was also very happy about the school’s performance. The highest pass rate we have ever received in this school was 94%, so this is a great achievement for the entire community,” he said.

Mabaso said among the problems that the school had to deal with was drug use that had affected some of the pupils.

“Whatever affects the community also affects us a school because we do not exist in isolation,” he said.

Motivational speakers were brought in to help pupils overcome the drug problem.

Mabaso added that he was determined to maintain the school’s 100% matric pass rate.

Sadtu KZN secretary Nomarashiya Caluza said Sadtu started the awards after noticing that very little was being done to honour schools that had performed well.

“Teachers are criticised all the time and people forget the appalling conditions they work under.

“The awards serve to thank the teachers for the good work they do and also to encourage them to do more,” said Caluza.

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