The success of a project or educational intervention can be measured in a variety of different ways. The data collected from baseline studies conducted and repeated during the course of a project tell us a lot and the academic results, when measured against previous performance on standardised examinations carry important messages. However, it’s always particularly revealing to hear what the participants themselves have to say.
In the extracts below, participants share their own personal experiences, giving us a glimpse into what their experience of the PMDP mean for individuals and their school communities:
Mrs N. E. Mabuza, Principal of Shayindlovu Primary School in the Lubombo Circuit had this to say:
“It is with great pleasure and pride that I’ve been one of the members who were involved in the above-mentioned project. I would also like to thank the Mpumalanga DBE for recognising us as Principals of schools and deemed it fit that we be enrolled and attend such capacitating programmes. HODs were also very much capacitated on monitoring and control of teachers work.
Learner performance in my school has escalated from January 2016 due to the implementation of the PMDP programme, results at my school have moved from 50% to 75%.”
The Principal of Ndlela High School, K. A. Magagula shared the following impressions:
“Upon completion of the course I felt work-shopped and developed. The skills and expertise I have acquired has made me to execute my roles as a School Principal effectively and efficiently.
My Management and Leadership style has changed and I am now able to take a leading role… I want to believe the school is going to be transformed through the implementation of all the trackers the PMDP course wants us school managers to use for the betterment of the school, management output.”
The PMDP is not only useful for Principals who have been in office for some years, but it proved to be very valuable for the newly appointed Principal of Moloto Primary School:
“As a new Principal who assumed duty at Moloto Primary School a few months ago before the arrival of the PMDP, I looked patiently to be inducted and be taught practically what to do in the office. PMDP came to my rescue just in time.
All the six modules discussed were so helpful to me. It really helped me have a start in the office. PMDP was an eye opener to us by showing how much responsibility we have in our offices. From Curriculum Management, I learned a lot on how to track curriculum, managing people, financial management, how to update accounting records, school governance, direction and planning and resource acquisition and management, were all equally useful to us.”