Advocating for strong principalship

This column advocates strong principalship in every school. Many schools failing to excite, meet and exceed learner expectations are dogged by a drought of leadership.

Of course there is no denying the fact that there is more than one way of transforming struggling and underachieving schools. Improving school funding, building more infrastructure, trimming the overloaded curriculum, reducing student-teacher ratio, overhauling the content based assessment, infusing technology into teaching and learning and strengthening community support, are some of the important measures that can be taken to improve access and raise academic achievement levels. However, leadership is indispensable.

There is no known turnaround process that ever succeeded without inspirational leadership. Schools can do without sufficient funding and can navigate the challenge of limited community engagement but the absence of strong leadership can collapse and ruin an adequately resourced school. Therefore, the one thing that schools must never lack is a great leader.

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Are police trigger-happy?

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