5 questions for our headmaster

  1. What is your background?

I have a strong background in education and educational management and training (Currently enrolled for a Doctor of Education) and possess the following qualifications among a variety of other certifications:

    • Diploma in Education
    • Bachelor of Technology in Education Management
    • BEd in Environmental Sciences
    • BEd Honours in Educational Tech
    • BSc Honours in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling
    • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and
    • Masters in Education by Research.

I have also had a stint in teacher education with a specific focus on pedagogy and curriculum issues. My wide base of knowledge allows me to appreciate and comprehend issues as they are articulated from multiple perspectives.

  1. What is your connection to Zulufadder?

I work for Gratton College which is owned by Zulufadder.  More importantly, my portfolio positions me in a space that allows me to advance the interests of Zulufadder to offer quality education, pastoral care, emotional and psychological support to learners who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Because of their difficult background, it is often my responsibility to see to it that learners sponsored by Zulufadder are not excluded, ridiculed or discriminated against, on the basis of status. This requires me to constantly communicate and coordinate activities with the Zulufadder representative. What especially gives me a lot of happiness is seeing learners who are sponsored by Zulufadder performing well in the various areas of our curriculum at school and competing on an equal footing with learners from well-resourced families.

  1. What is your current goal?

At a personal level, my immediate goal is to finish my PHD studies. At a professional level, my immediate goal is to grow Gratton College and to improve the following aspects:

    • The quality of our Matric results
    • The quality of teaching and learning
    • Promoting critical thinking among learners and staff
    • Integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in learning and teaching.
  1. What is your life motto?

Two main views guide the way I do things, and these can be summarised by the following mottos:

    • “Where there is a will, there will always be a way”.
    • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.

The first, speaks explains the extent to which I am prepared to go to achieve what I want. The second addresses my value system which is mainly hinged on ethical conduct and fairness.

  1. What makes you stand out in a crowd?

The following are some of the aspects that makes (have made me) me stand out in a crowd:

    • I am usually good at anticipating problems or opportunities.
    • I am not scared to try new things. The drawback however of doing this is that by trying new things, I tend to experience failure quite often.
    • After much trial and error, I think I have managed to find the correct balance between being firm and being approachable and friendly.
    • I am ethical in my dealings with others.
    • I love to lead from the front and I am not averse to getting my hands dirty.
    • I am not satisfied by average performance. I love to see growth of both staff and learners.
    • My ability to reflect and to accept feedback. This attribute has assisted me in many ways to grow and improve in many spheres of my life. Closely related to this is my desire to reflect deeply before I select a course of action.
    • I find joy in a variety of things. I love poetry, I love reading, I love people, I love sport, I love travelling, I love gardening and I am prepared to try new things that I do not yet love.
    • I have benefited immensely from my knowledge of education, business (I used to run lucrative businesses), personnel and financial management, law, the environment, agriculture, psychology, sociology, spiritual and emotional growth that enable me to be equipped and knowledgeable to select the right kind of tool to assist my staff and learners.
    • I am very thoughtful and have come up with ideas that many of my colleagues consider to be exciting, thought provoking and wise.
    • I am a very good teacher.
    • I love working hard and fast. I am very good at multi-tasking.
    • Excellent conflict management and resolution skills that I possess. I believe that if the working environment is toxic, productivity is impossible.
    • The most important thing for me is the way I use data for intervention and for making management decisions. Quite often, I am able to predict future outcomes based on available data and I always try to intervene accordingly.
    • I am one of the few leaders who prefer to be respected rather than feared.
    • I am empathetic. I find this trait to be extremely important for any person in my position who deals with people, especially children.
    • The love of learning and the love for people. I am patient and forgiving. Both qualities are essential for people who deal with imperfect individuals in need of development.
    • I acknowledge that there are many other people who are better than me in many aspects of my personal and professional life from whom I should learn. Consequently, my teachability index has always been scored above 80%.
    • Lastly, I stand out by not standing out. In a working environment, I find it essential to give (or at least share) credit with colleagues and subordinates. People who claim all the credit for success are a big turn off.