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    Friday, 12 February 2016

    RCZ education secretary Magaya calls it a day

    Tariro Machokoto

    Masvingo – Reformed Church in Zimbabwe education secretary Cabson Magaya (73) has called it a day.
    Magaya's retirement was announced at a farewell party held on his behalf at Victoria Junior on Saturday last week.
    Hundreds of people, particularly from the education sector turned up for the function where speakers hailed the veteran educationist for the contribution he has made to the sector in general and the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe in particular.
    Dr Reverend Rangarirai Rutoro the RCZ moderator was the guest of honour and had full of praises for Magaya for his dedication to his work.
    "He worked for eight years for the Church as Education secretary and previously in the Ministry of Education for 43 years.
    "Magaya was a very innovative person, he produced high quality results and improved the infrastructure at RCZ run schools," said Dr Rutoro.
    He also added that many RCZ schools had won merit awards through his hard work.
    Many who spoke at the farewell party showered praises on Magaya descrbing him as a humble person and loyal to the church.
     Samson Muzirikazi Shava, who was head at Nyashanu High school for 35 years has now taken over as the education secretary.
    He told The Mirror that he had worked with Magaya for eight years as his superior and he promised that he was going to follow his footsteps.
    "I have been also working for  the Ministry of Education for 44 years and I promise that I'm going to keep up the high standards set by my predecessor," said Shava.
    Magaya did his primary education at Zimuto Mission and went on to do his secondary education at Goromonzi High in 1962.
    In 1966 he completed T2 Primary school course at Mutare Teachers' College and went on to teach at various schools in Manicaland and Masvingo.
     It was when he was at the college that he met his sweetheart Sarurai Magaya who was also doing her teaching course and they got married in 1969. The couple is blessed with five boys.
     In 1975 he was appointed headmaster at Nhangwi School in Zimuto before he went back to Mutare Teachers' college for further training in 1979.
    At independence Magaya who is now RCZ church elder was appointed to head St Stanslus in Zimuto until 1985 when he was promoted to be the District Education Officer for Chivi North in charge of 32 schools.
    When teachers' employer was changed to Public Service in 1987 Magaya was promoted to the post of District Staffing Officer for Chivi-Mwenezi District.
    He furthered his education and attained a Bachelor of Education degree with the University of Zimbabwe.
    From 1999 Magaya was appointed the District Education Officer for Gutu in charge of over 200 schools until he retired from Government in 2008.
    During this period he introduced the ranking of schools according to their performance from Grade 7 to 'A' Level.
    "During the 43 years that I worked in Government I was only absent from work for only two weeks on sick leave, and I attribute this to the Almighty for giving me the strength and good health to serve my country," said Magaya with a chuckle.
    The grandfather of eight was also a trade unionist during his time as a teacher. He was an executive member of the Rhodesian African Teachers Association (RATA) from 1972 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1984 he was secretary for Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA).
    In 2003 Magaya was appointed Presidential Land Audit

    coordinator for Gutu district and chairman of the delimitation committee in 2007 in the same district. 
    After retiring from Government he was employed by RCZ as the education secretary a position he held until December 2015 when he retired.
    During his time as education secretary the schools under the church had notable achievements in sports and academic studies like Chibi High, Pamushana High, Marozva Primary, Alheit High, Henry Murray and Makumbe High all at one time or another won the Secretary's Merit award.
    "This was all possible because of the support I received from the moderator, heads of schools, good communication, mutual trust and the Lord's guidance in doing our work," said the ever smiling Magaya.
    It was also during his tenure that the RCZ established the Reformed Church University headed by Vice Chancellor Professor Wiseman Magwa.
    On a parting note Magaya who is going into full time farming and consultancy had a few words to the new secretary for education.
    "I wish him the best of luck in the new job, God will guide him. I appeal to headmasters to rally behind the new secretary and keep on upholding and flying the RCZ flag higher," said Magaya. education

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    1. Congrats Sekuru Sam Shava for your new post. May the Almighty God continue to shower you with wisdom and blessing as you lead. You were born to lead and that you can do without effort. God bless you.


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