Morris Mtisi Education Correspondent
WE can safely say, “There are three things to remember when you are a school head; know your priorities; know what drives the learning engine; and then know what you want people to remember you for-your legacy. Johnson Madhuku, NASH president and Pamushana High School head knows all that.
When The Manica Post visited the Masvingo Province in 2015, Pamushana High School was top of the list of O-Level results in Masvingo Province. Like St Faith’s in Manicaland, it was number one in Masvingo. It was number one again in 2016 and in 2017. We know what will happen in 2018 and 2019 and 2020.
Said Johnson Madhuku early 2016, “I believe in spending school fees on projects that directly benefit learning outcomes first. A school without a good library is like a body without a heart. A library speaks best of what a school is and what to expect from it.
“This library is a huge dream story about my vision and dream for the school. We will officially open the library in October and the rest shall be sweet history for Pamushana.”
Indeed sweet history and mission accomplished in 2017! A philosopher called Plutarch said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but afire to ignite.”
Headmasters who ignite fire (in the right sense of the word) at their schools will forever remain a source of inspiration and emulation for others. In both the 2016 and 2017 A-Level results, there is no doubt that a greater part of the wonderful examination performance in which the best in the country, St Faith’s, always made a hectic and breathless run for their money can be attributed to the monumental state-of-the art library at Pamushana.
Appreciators say go, Madhuku go! Indeed a school without a library is like a body without a heart. A good library is an academic investment in the quest for intellectual thoroughness. Clever school heads invest in computer laboratories …wise ones invest in computer technology but don’t forget the treasure found in the abundance of good books in a library.