RENCO MINE – Veteran educationist and Renco Primary School head, Tirivamwe Kennedy Mashiba, affectionately known as TK, has decided to call it a day after serving in the education sector for 43 years.
Parents and pupils who gathered at Renco Primary School for Mashiba’s farewell ceremony last week described him as a person they would not want to go.
Mashiba joined the education sector in January 1975.
He became a teacher after graduating from Morgenster Teachers’ College and for the 43 years he has been in education, he was a classroom teacher for only six years at Shumbayaonda and Mutusha primary schools.
He spent the other 37 years doing administrative work at different levels and in different schools.
Mashiba joined Renco Mine Primary School in 1998 after the then head was transferred to Runyararo Primary in Masvingo Urban. He was recruited from the district education offices where he was serving as the District Education Officer then known as Area Schools Inspector at the request of the responsible authority which is Renco Mine.
Mashiba is a founding member of the Masvingo Teachers' Savings and Credit Co-operative Society (MTSACCOS), founder member and Masvingo’s first secretary general of the National Association for Primary School Heads (NAPH) and he rose to become the provincial chairperson in 1996.
He is also among the veteran members for the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) for Masvingo district and province.
Under his leadership, Renco Mine Primary School won several accolades including the Permanent Secretary’s Merit Award during his third year at the school in 2000.
The school has not scored less than a 70 percent pass rate in the grade seven final exams.
Renco Primary School has also built a state-of-the-art computer laboratory block with an auditorium and a strong room fitted with a Chubb door. The school has also bought a powerful PA system, a performing arts stage and an overhead projector.
The school, under Mashiba, produced the highest number of distinctions among students on Teaching Practice (TP) for the 19 and 20 Morgenster Teacher’s College intakes. A total of 20 distinctions were recorded from among the 23 students, itself a national record.
The school is now in a process of requesting students from Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) and Reformed Church University (RCU) to come for work related learning.
At one time, TK became part of a national taskforce sent to Zambia to do an understudy of the Zambian initiative known as SHAPE which resulted in the formation of the Better Schools Programme Zimbabwe (BSPZ) led by the then Chief Education Officer Melania Rukanda.
Masvingo South District NASH chairperson, Javan Hore described Mashiba as a very creative, innovative and a no-nonsense person from whom the district has much to learn.
“No-one wanted him to go when we held our meetings. He is an exemplary person and you can see that even from his dress code. He is indeed a true leader,” said Hore.