Espousing the tenets of great leadership, the visionary, innovative, inclusive and trustworthy Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, took to the provinces on the second round of provincial engagements in July 2018. The focus of the Director-General’s second engagement with provinces was widely known, as it was based on the key deliverable for the third quarter: Evaluating the state of readiness for the end of the year. These one-day engagements are currently being conducted in all provinces.
In pursuit of advancing the agenda of continual improvement in learning outcomes, the Director-General, in his engagement with provinces, has ably demonstrated the four critical values that govern his leadership style: As a principled leader who is a life-long learner, he is using the opportunities presented to learn from provinces so that best practice can be applauded and replicated across the country. In listening to presentations made by provinces on the state of readiness for the forthcoming examinations, Mr Mweli does not renege on motivating officials to hold themselves and others to a high standard of excellence in contributing to the overall success of the education sector - a hallmark of an ethical leader. In offering guidance on various issues that emanate from the discussions with senior officials in the provinces, an honest appraisal, together with sound advice, recognising the strengths and areas for improvement in the next two months before the start of the examinations, are evidence of the Director-General’s ability to engage authentically in open, honest communication; while at the same time offering compassionate and kind listening to needs and challenges. The quality of PEAK leadership, motivation and support that provinces are receiving from the Director-General’s engagements, can only instill hope, optimism, possibility and promise that see the Basic Education Sector maintain its upward trajectory in the 2018 examinations!