Eastern Cape Department of Education held a 5-day induction programme for 265 newly appointed principals across the province.
The purpose of the induction was to orientate the principals in different spheres of the department. The induction was joined by various managers of the department from the ECDoE MEC Fundile Gade, Superintendent General, Themba Kojana, a representative from Assessment and Examinations, together with outside stakeholders from South African Council for Educators (SACE) and representatives from the Department of Basic Education to equip the newly elected principals.
Melikhaya Mancoko, ECDoE Director for Institutional Development Support & Governance warmly welcomed the principals in attendance and explained what specific outcomes the department expects from Educators.
He said, We as the Education Department are holding this Induction Programme as the ECDoE has a mandate to induct newly appointed principals so that they can inter align, perform their duties effectively, display quality leadership skills and competences in schools for improved educational outcomes.
Mancoko also said that, these principals are expected to lead teachers; the principals inducted various matters such as labour relations, inclusive education matters to name a few.
Furthermore, they are expected to preside as SGB (School Governing Body) of ex-officio of the school where they will be handling the finances of the school. Exposing them (Principals) in audit basics so that they must be aware of the implications.
South African Council for Education (SACE) Assistant manager Harold Tlamantsana was excited to be part of the presenters, equipping the principals on the different roles they have to play at their schools.
I am very honoured to be given the opportunity to talk about the codes of professional Ethics for Education to these newly appointed principals as we expect educators to be able to demonstrate commitment to their work, comply with the code and other legal requirements and act in transparent and accountable manner.
Tlamantsana who is part of the Professional development sector at SACE outlined the purpose and scope of the code of ethics saying, it is to protect the image of the profession and individual professionals, to encourage and selflessness for the professional, promote mutual respect and common understanding of misconduct and discipline between teachers and employer therefore this will have assist the principal to act with honesty and exercise self-discipline.
Monwabisi Maliti from Tyutyu Primary School in Bhisho was enthusiastic about being the newly appointed principal. Maliti said, I am very happy and feel empowered and capacitated after attending the induction programme. I have learned the importance of managing, use of policies and acts, also the importance of organizational structure of the school.
Maliti also encouraged his fellow colleagues in education, Do not waste time, we must go and implement now.
I also hope that the Department will hold regular workshops on management and leadership, visit schools for support and development and incentivise excellence, concluded Maliti.
Source: Eastern Cape Department of Education