Principal retires after 36 years

2019-05-01 06:00
Ramatha­­ Road Primary School retiring principal, Jason Padayachee­.PHOTO: byrone athman

Ramatha­­ Road Primary School retiring principal, Jason Padayachee­.PHOTO: byrone athman

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FOLLOWING an illustrious career developing and moulding young minds, Ramatha Road Primary School principal Jason Padayachee has decided to close the curtain and retire after serving as an educator for 36 years.

Speaking on his long-serving career in education, Padayachee said that his journey towards becoming a teacher was very much influenced by politics.

“Having hitched a ride to Johannesburg after school in search of work, I became very involved in politics and actually marched in the Soweto Uprising in 1976, where we were greeted by army officials and police officers who attacked us with force and teargas,” said Padayachee.

Padayachee said that this, combined with having being mentored by university students, lead him to save his money and pursue teaching as a career to study towards.

He says that being a people person as well as being an active member in the sporting community lead him to study teaching, majoring in history and physical education, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Westville.

“I experienced financial difficulty while studying and almost gave up but was able to secure a bursary, after much hassle with my previous school to get a certificate of merit qualifying me for a bursary,” said Padayachee.

Teaching at various schools in his career, Padayachee finally secured a post in Pietermaritzburg in 2000 when he applied for the post of principal and was successful.

“I was accepted to various schools but in the end chose Pietermaritzburg because it is my hometown,” the former principal said.

Over the years, Padayachee’s love of sport has pushed him to excel in various activities, such as becoming a qualified lifeguard as well as completing a FIFA course, enabling him to coach indoor soccer professionally. “I have many memorable moments in my career and am blessed to have seen and experienced the things I have. I look back fondly on my career and am grateful for it,” said Padayachee.

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