New principal honoured to serve the community

Sithole is ecstatic about his position and has two aims; he wants to restore the culture of learning and teaching, and wants to put the school on the map in Mpumalanga for all the right reasons.

He has been officially appointed on a permanent basis and assumed his new and exciting role as principal on July 24.

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“I’m extremely delighted to have been chosen to fill this position, as I am finally where I want to be in my career. I have always had a passion for teaching and children. We will work hard to get the school on the map. I have amazing staff who are always enthusiastic,” said Sithole.

The school has been without a full-time principal since the retirement of Hajra Baig. He stepped down at the end of the school year in 2015 after a 29-year association with Barberton Secondary.
Desmond Samuel has been occupying the vacant post on an acting basis.

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A graduate from the University of Zululand with a diploma in senior secondary teaching obtained in 1996, supplemented with a BPAED degree from the same institution in 1997, Sithole began his teaching career at KaMhola High School in Emjindini in 1999.

In 2006 he was promoted to geography subject advisor for the Ehlanzeni District. He remained in that position until his recent appointment.

“I have a positive and dynamic vision for the future of the school. I am here to assist and support an African child to attain his/her goals. In order to attain that, I will need support from everyone. The support from the circuit manager, Thoko Khoza, is overwhelming, the school governing body is hands-on and we will need more support from parents,” added Sithole.

He said one of the challenges they are faced with as a school was the high rate of substance abuse, especially dagga, among the learners.

“The police are assisting us to curb the usage of illegal substances. We will continue to conduct unannounced raids and random searches until we win the battle against drug usage. I take on the challenge of school principal with great enthusiasm.

“We as a team, with God’s grace, can only take Barberton Secondary from strength to strength, making it a school of choice, not one of convenience,” Sithole promised.

Richard Nkosi

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