Mconjwana achievers thank former teacher

2016-10-06 10:08
Thokozile Mpisane posing with her former students and husband, (from left) Ntokozo Ngubane (an anatomical science graduate), Thokozile Mpisane, Vuyani Ngobese (forensic analyst), Thando Jali (first-year chemical engineering student at UCT) and her husband Lindela Mpisane.

Thokozile Mpisane posing with her former students and husband, (from left) Ntokozo Ngubane (an anatomical science graduate), Thokozile Mpisane, Vuyani Ngobese (forensic analyst), Thando Jali (first-year chemical engineering student at UCT) and her husband Lindela Mpisane. (Supplied)

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The global community marked World Teachers Day commemorating the impact of teachers in any society on Wednesday.

Among the many teachers who go beyond the call of duty is Thokozile Mpisane, the deputy principal at Mconjwana High School in KwaDulela, in the upper Msunduzi region.

Mpisane has contributed to the school’s rise from a poor academic performance to one with a consistently high matric pass rate.

Mpisane started her career in 1991, teaching Afrikaans and history at Mpophomeni High School. “When I arrived in Mconjwana, I was thrown in the deep end, but I managed because of the support I received from the principal, Mr Ngobese, and his deputy,” she said.

When Mpisane joined Mconjwana, the matric pass rate was 14%.

“The other teachers and I had to make many sacrifices. We had to work the school up and in 2004 and 2005 we managed to get 100% matric pass rates.

“We sacrificed our families, who did not understand why we had to work even on Saturdays,” she said.

In 2006, Mpisane tendered her resignation, but the Education Department would not let her go because of her contributions and made her an offer to stay.

During that period she was approached by the principal of a top Pietermaritzburg school with an offer to become a department head, but she declined and stayed at Mconjwana.

“The reason I decided to stay here was because I wanted to help underprivileged children realise their potential.”

In January 2015 Mpisane was appointed deputy principal of Mconjwana.

She proudly boasted about some of the school’s successful former pupils, who include five medical doctors, teachers, engineers and a forensic analyst, Vuyani Ngobese.

Ngobese, one of Mpisane’s former pupils, told The Witness that her former teacher was known in the school community for being strict, but also for being a teacher who went beyond the call of duty to assist pupils.

“I remember that Mrs Mpisane would go all out to ensure that all pupils applied to universities,” he said.

Mpisane is married to a teacher and has three children: Nduduzo, Khanya (a newly qualified teacher) and Okwethu.

“I have seen my mother sacrificing many things and going out of her way to help her pupils.

“We have had numerous pupils living with us and she has taken money out of her pocket to help them.

“The dedication and perseverance I saw in my mom motivated me to become a teacher myself,” said Khanya.

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