State school under new principal has much to offer
The recent appointment of Mr Sizwe Zwane as principal of Empangeni High School bodes well for the continuing reputation of this institution as a provider of excellent education.
Empangeni High has over countless years seen thousands of matriculants graduate with top class marks, many of them featuring among the province’s ‘top ten’ academic achievers.
The school has also boasted brilliant results on the sport fields as well as in extra-mural activities such as its famed brass band and choirs.
Its alumni have gone on to wonderful success in fields as disparate as the business sector and the arts.
And while the region’s private schools offer the best possible facilities and opportunities for excelling in academics, sport, art, music and a host of other endeavours, parents at state schools such as Empangeni High need have no inferiority complex nor feel their children are being denied quality education.
The success of any school is generally attributed to the fact that the body reflects the personality, capability and character of its head.
Empangeni High has always boasted good leadership, and the selection of Mr Zwane as principal will undoubtedly continue this legacy.
His qualifications for the post extend from extensive achievements in the academic field, including senior university lecturing posts, to holding a degree in environmental management.
The latter is especially exciting, as the ‘new world’ places more focus and importance on matters affecting the planet.
He will spawn a new generation of environmentally-aware and conservation-minded young people.
Having been part of the working world, rather than a mere academic, Mr Zwane has already stated his vision for ensuring his young charges are prepared for the competitive global market once they matriculate.
Added to that is Mr Zwane’s orientation towards e-learning and making use of the most modern teaching opportunities.
In the broader description of ‘education’, social skills are also needed, and with his background as a teacher of life sciences, his interest in sport and culture, and his highly successful role as a choir master, his charges will enjoy a wide-ranging learning experience.
We wish both Mr Zwane and Empangeni High School a wonderfully productive future.