Education veteran named as superintendent-general

2011-03-15 00:00

A SENIOR KwaZulu-Natal official who holds an executive position at national level has been appointed as the new superintendent-general for the provincial Education Department.

Dr Nkosinathi Sishi will assume his duties from next month. He takes over from Dr Cassius Lubisi, who resigned to take the post of director-general in the office of the presidency in November last year.

Sishi is the chief director for educational measurement, assessment and public examinations in the Basic Education Department.

His career as pedagogue spans more than 25 years.

He has worked as a teacher, principal and a part-time lecturer with the University of Natal and the University of Durban Westville. He has also worked as a marker, chief examiner, chief marker and moderator. Before his promotion to the national department, Sishi was regional curriculum co-ordinator with the provincial Education Department.

Anthony Pierce, spokesperson for the National Association of Professional Teachers’ of SA, said the union welcomes the appointment.

Pierce said in his early years with the provincial department, Sishi did what was required of him, although his stint as regional curriculum coordinator was short.

Sishi brought a sense of stability to the position he holds now and took over when a unilateral exam structure for all provinces was introduced, said Pierce.

“The new SG would need to be street-wise and understand the politics going on at schools and in his own department. We also hope he will bring work ethics to the department.”

Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, the secretary-general of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) was critical of the way in which the announcement was made, saying the union had to once again learn of such critical information from the media.

However, Sadtu is prepared to work with anybody provided they have a heart for education and improving the lives of the poor.

“Most heads of department in KZN education have not succeeded because they ignore the fact that a union like Sadtu, with a membership of about 55 000 workers in the province, is an important stakeholder and not just an optional extra.”

“It will take a democratic and transformative individual with no agenda’s, for education to success in KZN,” said Mathonsi.

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