Principal who goes extra mile

Zandile Mbabela

WALKING into Motherwell’s Vukanibantu Primary School in Port Elizabeth in search of its principal, one would easily walk past Amanda Ntsumpa, mistaking her for a housekeeper or grounds lady.

She is hardly ever in her office – she is either teaching English to Grade 4 to 7 pupils, weeding the school quad or scrubbing the bathroom floors.

When her pupils were left stranded in Motherwell NU29, nearly 20km away, due to no transport, she woke up two hours earlier and loaded the 70-odd pupils into her bakkie, ferrying them to and from school daily.

These are just some of the things that may have caught the judges’ attention at this year’s Pep Teacher of the Year competition – in which she is among the 10 finalists, and the sole representative of the Eastern Cape.

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