State school un­der new prin­ci­pal has much to of­fer

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO OPINION -

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.

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