Manners and integrity just ‘as important’

Zandile Mbabela

SOUTH African education needed to tap into the country’s conservative value system in order to produce self-regulating adults that could go far in life, Woodridge vice-principal Simon Crane said.

Crane joined the school from KwaZulu-Natal’s prestigious Michaelhouse school this year. He was previously with Milton Abbey School in England.

After an 11-year teaching stint in the UK, where he grew up, a very “pro-South Africa” Crane said returning to the country of his birth was one of the best decisions he had ever made.

“We are back in South Africa so our children can grow up here,” he said.

“We are not naive enough to think that everything is good, but what is noticeable here is that education is in a more conservative state with regard to the focus on manners, integrity and discipline than is the case in many schools in the UK.

“Here, pupils greet, take hands out of their pockets and stand up for you,” he said.

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