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Mookgophong’s Dikubu Primary School headmaster Mndungaza Klaas Mahlahlani has scooped the coveted Excellence in Primary School Leadership award.
The 100-year-old school has emerged as a shining example of a people not asking what their country can do for them, but what they can do for their country.
The award ceremony was held in Sandton on Saturday, 17 February, with finalists from various schools across the country attending the special event.
These awards serve to focus public attention on the positive aspects of Basic Education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession.
Excellence in the teaching profession gained much-needed recognition from the awards.
Back home in Mookgophong, and by extension the broader Limpopo, folks were this week still collectively celebrating the man of the moment, Mahlahlani, who triumphed against all odds.
Mahlahlani told The BEAT when he joined the school in 2003 as a deputy principal, that he had an opportunity to work with then headmaster, Professor Johannes Seroto, who has since moved to the University of South Africa (UNISA).
“In the five years that I worked with him, I learnt a lot of things regarding management and leadership. He liked sharing information. He told me that his ambition was not to remain a principal for life, so I had to learn twice as fast,” he said.
Mahlahlani said when he was announced as the winner of the national accolade, he was overwhelmed with emotions during the moment which he described as a highlight of his career.
“There were nine finalists where each province was represented. After the third and second position winners had been announced, we knew that only one of us among (seven) will walk away with the main prize. It was the scariest moment for us all. I could not believe it when my name was announced as the big winner,” Mahlahlani said.
The Mookgophong headmaster emphasized that the level of commitment that one invests in their job, will certainly yield positive results.
He also acknowledged members of the school governing body and parents for their involvement towards the success of the school.
3 months ago 01 March 2018