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    Beitbridge Pri head retires after 41yrs of sterling service


    BEITBRIDGE - The headmaster for one of the oldest primary schools in the border town of Beitbridge has called it a day after 41 years of loyal service to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
    Mieka Muyambo joined Beitbridge Mission Primary School in 1998 as the headmaster until the time of his retirement on October 24 last week.
    Before that he had worked in various capacities at different schools after he completed his training course in Bulawayo at United College of Education in 1974.
    Muyambo was born in 1951 and he retired on the day he celebrated his 65th birthday.
    He says it is one of the best decisions he has made in life, as it gives others an opportunity to lead because there is no one best leader in life.
    "No one is 100% perfect for any job and if one overstays you risk not developing at all.
    "Change is important, I turned 65 today; this is why I have decided to let others experience leading the school.
    "Maybe they could do better where I failed or continue the projects which I started," he said.
    Muyambo did his standard one and two at Dumba Primary School, standard three at Chapfuche Primary School; standard four to seven at Beitbridge Mission primary School which is a Lutheran run school and then his form one to four at Manama High School.
    He trained as a teacher from 1972 to 1974 and started teaching in 1975 at Beitbridge Government Primary School until 1980.
    In year 1981 to 1983, he was appointed deputy headmaster at Dulibadzimu Primary School before he was posted to Rukange Primary School in Beitbridge East from 1984 to 1987.
    "In those years, we were inspected for promotion thus; I qualified for promotion and was transferred to Dulibadzimu Primary School in 1988.
    "In 1991, I was inspected again and qualified for promotion as headmaster grade 1 which is the highest stage in school administration.
    "The journey was yet to begin for me in the ministry. I started at Beitbridge Mission Primary School in 1992 until 1998 when I was posted to Gwanda and as the acting District Education Officer (DEO) for       
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    four months.
    "I then came back to Beitbridge Mission Primary after those four months till October 24, 2016 at 4 oclock," he said with a chuckle.
    In 1993 enrolled for a Bachelor of Education with Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU).
    "We were the pioneer stream for a degree at ZOU as well as a master's degree with the same institution," said Muyambo.
    The veteran educationist said he was satisfied with the journey he has travelled in the education sector and the contributions he made along the way.
    "I remember sometime in 1986 at Rukange primary, my grade seven students clocked the highest in pass rate for four years in the …,
    "In 1983 when I was the acting headmaster at Dulibadzimu, 17 out of 40 students in my grade seven class had first grades in mathematics.
    "I remember these achievements so clearly because I am so proud of the achievements. From time to time I bump into some of my former students who are now engineers, doctors, lawyers and businesspeople," said Miyambo
    He cites the increase in the number of resource units at the school as one of his biggest achievements.
    "The school had one unit for the visually impaired but as I speak, we have added the intellectual disabled and the special class.
    "However, there is need for a professionally trained teacher for the hearing impaired.
    "The school had an enrolment of 772 students in 1992 but as we speak the number has shot to 1555 and the pass rate ranges from 72% to 90 %," he said.
    He also superintended over the construction of a state of the art computer lab and four classroom blocks to reduce hot seating at the Lutheran run school.
    Like in any other profession and where there are new things being introduced there is bound to be resistance and Muyambo was no exception as he faced it from teachers and parents.
    "I managed to keep my cool as I put things in order as I won my colleagues' trust and support," he said.
    Muyambo with his late wife are blessed with three boys.
    He had a word of advice to other leaders where he said it is always wise to listen to one's subordinates and students so that one becomes wiser.
    Muyambo is a part time lecturer at ZOU and is doing a doctorate with University.
    "I want to enhance my education so that I keep helping students to realise their dreams as it is my passion," said Muyambo.education
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