ECDoE Conducts Induction Programme For 450 Principals
The Eastern Cape Department of Education invited 450, newly appointed principals in all 23 districts, for the Induction Programme for Principals of GET and FET Schools, at the Education Leadership Institute in East London, on the 01 – 03 and 07 – 09 February 2017.
Ray Tywakadi, DDG of IOM, welcomed the principals by saying, “There is no Department of Education, if there were no schools.” “You are a vital role player in this System and Head Office, District Offices and Circuit Offices are there to support you, your job is to lead and manage.”
The three day induction consisted of legal framework governing job description and professional duties of the school principal, labour related issues, ethical responsibilities, leading and managing curriculum and managing school finances.
Superintendent General, ThembaKojana addressed the principals saying, “I have full confidence in you, now I just need you to have confidence in yourself.” “ You have decided to commit yourselves, so don’t betray that. If you here for money, you here for the wrong reasons.” Kojana went on to say, “This province is called the province of the legends and we have failed that and it’s time to turn that around.” Kojana encouraged the principals by saying, “It’s a principal that shapes the direction of a school, go and be the best principal that you can be in your schools, I wish you well.”
Managing a school is a serious responsibility and has plenty of duties to be carried out, as NokuthulaNcingwana, Director for Accounting Services, explained what school funds are meant for and can be used for, however she did warn principals that, “the misuse of fraudulent use of school funds is a criminal offence and leads to the freezing of the school.”
MzintleMabona, Acting Chief Director for Curriculum, gave such an insightful presentation, and did not only give them valuable information but spoke facts that touched the heart. “ There are 5000 schools, 54000 teachers and 1600000 learners in the Eastern Cape, if you do not do your duties effectively as a principal, you can lose learners.” Further explaining that educations casualties do not land up in hospitals or dead, they land up on the streets, homeless and land up doing things that are no good. Therefore he said, “Teaching is a calling not a job.”
Honourable MEC MandlaMakupula, gave some thought provoking words of encouragement to the tough, lonely road ahead, saying, “There are no schools for principals, it comes from experience, experience is gathered from the hard work gathered on the ground, practice is the best way of teaching a person and finally with that knowledge you can transform the world. ”
Makupula also reiterated that a school does not exist alone, involve the community, the chiefs, the clinics and surrounding amenities, as those are a primary source of support to schools.
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