MUT Awards for top schools in Umlazi

14 March 2019

MUT Awards for top schools in Umlazi

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will once again host the annual Circle of Excellence Awards (COE) to honour local schools that performed exceptionally well in last year’s Grade 12 examination. The event is also meant to encourage other schools to improve their results and join their counterparts in achieving excellent results.

The COE is an initiative and the brainchild of MUT, working with the leadership of the Department of Education’s Umlazi District. MUT Stakeholder Relations Director, Zama Sishi, said the University was mindful of the role that the district director, leadership at district level, principals, teachers and even parents play in the success of these high schools.

“The time has now come for MUT to assist in the revitalisation of Umlazi Township. We see our relationship with the schools as a gateway towards this advancement of Umlazi. Together we have an obligation to empower learners so they become global citizens who will recognise the necessity to embrace diversity and equality. The COE provides a platform for all of us as stakeholders to become astute and serve Umlazi to the best of our abilities,” said Zamai.

Now in its sixth year, the COE has expanded its area of focus to include Accounting, English, Mathematics and Physical Science in order to accommodate more learners and schools in the area.

“Having celebrated excellence at Umlazi high schools over the past five years, we are heartened to see that our neighbouring high schools have changed learners from ordinary to extraordinary. Inspired by the COE, some schools have forced their way to the top, while those at the summit have been able to hold on to that their positions. That is very nice to see,” said Sishi.

It is worth noting that the big push by its neighbours have not dislodged Menzi High School from its top stop, even after the sad passing of its revered Principal, Felix Mshololo. His management style has ensured that Menzi High continues to excel. This school has done even better by helping other schools to perform better. Sishi said that such corporate social responsibility was the very premise that the CoE were founded on. The CoE has given Umlazi Township teachers a chance to rub shoulders with education leaders from all over the country. When the COE was introduced, there was literally no budget; but through the benevolence of funders such as the Willowton Group, Gem School wear, Iqraa Trust, Elet, ENGEN, Lasec Edutrade, Lab O’Quip, Van Schaik Bookstores, ProcessLitho, Sesifikile Booksellers, MUT has been able to encourage good performance at Umlazi Township schools, and rewarded their excellence.

The CoE is in line with the new University Anchor Strategy which was introduced by MUTT Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, as part of the University’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. The CoE reaffirms MUT’s commitment to the development and empowerment of Umlazi Township, its people and its schools in particular.

“It has been our observation that as a result of the CoE, additional schools have been spurred on to stake their claim within the circle of excellence. Just when we thought that certain schools were leading in certain subjects, we have noted that new schools are emerging as leaders in particular subjects. This is healthy competition that should be encouraged,” said Zama.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: 15 March2019

Time: 12h00

Venue: Umlazi ComTech High School

 

Members of the media can contact Bheki Hlophe on Hlophe@mut.ac.za or 0319077195 to RSVP.

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