MASVINGO – The new head at Helen McGhie Primary School in Masvingo, Sheila Deve says she is pretty aware of the high standards that the school has been known for for the past years and she was determined to maintain and in some areas to surpass them.
Speaking in a brief interview with The Mirror on Friday, Deve said she was impressed by the school's 99% pass rate at grade seven and promised to keep up the standard. She also noted the number of pupils with four and five units and said she saw some room to increase pupils notching those top units.
Deve moved from Temeraire Primary in Mashava to replace educationist and respected school administrator, Herbert Horuno Zengeya who had reached retirement age.
"I intend to maintain the good standards at the school and improve on the number of students who attain four and five units at Grade Seven," said Deve.
In 2016 Helen Mcghie which has over 800 pupils including ECD had 14 pupils with four units while the pass rate was 99.08% and on position four in the province after Gokomere, Lowveld SDA and ZRP Zimuto.
Gokomere had 46 pupils with four units.
Temeraire which has an enrolment of 370 pupils had a pass rate of 90.6% from 80% in 2015.
Deve was born in Lower Gweru in the Midlands Province in 1962 and did her primary education at Don Bosco and secondary education at Mucheke 1 High School.
She enrolled at Morgenster Teachers' College for a diploma in teaching, in 1984 she joined St Antony Musiso in 1984 as a teacher and a year later she transferred to Temeraire in the same capacity.
In 1998 Deve was promoted to the post of Teacher in Charge at the same school and in 2010 was appointed substantive deputy head and subsequently head in 2013 replacing Cosmas Musiso who had been moved to the district office as an inspector.
During her tenure as head at Temeraire, Deve superintended over the construction of two classroom blocks despite the closure of the Shabanie Mashava Mine which was a big stakeholder.
"Although parents were paying as little as $24 per pupil after the closure of the mine we soldiered on and managed to complete two blocks with their solid co-operation," said Deve.
Deve is married to Patrick Deve who is a head at Mudadisi Secondary in Chivi and the couple is blessed with four children, three girls and one boy.
Deve holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration which she obtained with Zimbabwe Open University in 2004.