Time to pass a baton to the young

I nearly fell off my chair when I first heard of Dorcus Olebile’s intention to bow out of the public service in her current capacity as the school principal of Selebi- Phikwe Senior Secondary School. I nearly gathered courage to protest and ask her why she chose to leave at a time when I felt the system needed her services the most.

She was hardly two-years-old at the helm of a senior secondary school, having plied her trade at junior secondary for almost all her professional life. But I quickly exercised restraint after I did some quick mathematical calculations and discovered how quickly time can fly. It dawned on me that it was the right time to handover the ceremonial/leadership baton to young cadres. Spending 32 years in the teaching trenches is a milestone accomplishment and it was indeed the most appropriate time to close the curtain on her lengthy, illustrious and glittering professional journey. It is quite ironic that Olebile gave her whole and best self to the teaching profession for over three decades - a profession that was not in her radar. She became a teacher by accident.

“While at high school, teaching was not my first love. I harboured ambitions of becoming a lawyer and all my eyes were fixated on pursuing the legal profession. However, because of lack of career guidance at school, compounded by the fact that the world of school was alien to my parents, I accidentally found myself pursuing a teaching qualification.”

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