A RETIRED school principal from Uvongo, Krish Reddy (70) says having a passion for education was his key to success.
Reddy has made a number of attempts to organise a retired teachers association on the South Coast, however, unsuccessfully.
Originally from Stanger, Reddy had a vision of establishing a society of educationalists which could give back to schools in the community.
With a proven record of accolades in his teaching and principalship since the 1970’s, the Doringkop born and raised teacher takes us through his career.
“I started my primary education at the Doringkop Government Aided Indian School, then moved to Holmbosch Government Aided Indian School from Class 2 until Standard 6 and completed my secondary education at Stanger State Indian High School.
“I obtained my primary teachers’ certificate at Salisbury Island, University College in Durban, now the harbour and was the first student of Indian origin in South Africa to enrol for a special education study in 1969.”
In 1971 and 1972 Krish enrolled for a diploma in special education cerebral oalsy through Unisa, but could not obtain his diploma because he had not completed his practicals due to colour.
“This has been the only failure in my entire life, but it never set me back. I have been in special education for 20 years.”
Teaching at Fairhaven, the University of Durban Westville campus used him and his pupils as a model class to train teachers in special education.
“I was offered job opportunities overseas, England, however, my staff and the school governing body of Osizweni Special School, Mpumalanga, held me tight.”
He said the Harry Bodasing Primary principal, D. Rambaran taught him the ropes of school management.
“With his teachings I acted as a principal for a couple of years as the DoE then said I was still too young to be a principal at the age of 30.
“The department kept me in head of department positions for over 14 years.
“Between the lines I was involved in projects - the Stanger Winter Fair in 1979, I initiated the Maths 4 Contest when I was chairman of the maths committee in 1989.
“Osizweni was my home from 1999 until my retirement in 2008.
“I groomed world champion Vusi Vilakazi - cross-country champion in United Kingdom, which was a very big achievement for Osizweni. I secured sponsorships from Momentum Life, lottery and Anglo American for the special school.”
Reddy’s goal now is to visit schools on the South Coast and see if he can be of assistance.
“My background as an educational inspector can be of use to South Coast schools. I love doing community work.
“In everything you do, have a system and a plan.”