Principal leads Edendale school to the top

2016-01-14 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese ANCYL chairperson in the Moses Mabhida Region Mxolisi Mkhize and Den Hlela (Ward 12 election team member) point at the dilapidated ceiling at the school.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese ANCYL chairperson in the Moses Mabhida Region Mxolisi Mkhize and Den Hlela (Ward 12 election team member) point at the dilapidated ceiling at the school.

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AMID the disheartening nearly 10% drop in the KZN matric pass rate is a light of Georgetown High School. The school has come far from its previous dismal matric pass rate of 39% four years ago.

With 95% of its matriculants completing high school in 2015, it has earned the title of the top high school in the Edendale district.

Spearheading this achievement is the “infamous” principal, Mzo Mncube.

Mncube had previously made a name for himself with his ruthless managing of the school when he found himself in the middle of a firestorm as parents refuted his decision to suspend matriculants as punishment for their absence during examinations.

This recent triumph of his school affords Mncube redemption by his naysayers, revealing not only a strategy that has worked, but a man passionate about education. He prevailed, despite some unmotivated teachers and the vandalising of school property throughout the year. Mncube had this to say about the drop in the matric pass rate.

“Apartheid is not to blame for the low pass rates. Foreigners have moved in and are running the show now, yet black people remain seated with their arms folded, waiting for the government to do everything for them.

“What black people need is a goal.”

The pass rate of his school aptly reveals his demonstration of executing a goal which he expects to be superseded by reaching a 100% pass rate this year alongside the more opulent schools such as Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High.

His face lights up as he explains his other dream of turning a dilapidated building on the school grounds into a clinic for the community as the local clinic is far, which contributes to absenteeism.

He excitedly shares his idea with members of the ANC Youth League who arrived to congratulate and praise the principal, the governing body and teachers for the school’s accomplishment.

The league promised to collaborate with the school to overcome current and forthcoming challenges. Agreeably, he did not single handedly turn the school around, but his palpable enthusiasm must be a contributor for the return of glory to the school that boasts Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, and Nhlanhla Nene, former minister of finance, among its past pupils.

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