Kamalinee principal takes school to new heights

Principal of Kamalinee Primary School, Jagatheesan Naidoo with the many accolades the school has achieved.

Kamalinee Primary School’s long list of achievements is largely due to its phenomenal principal, Jagatheesan Naidoo.

The 58-year-old started off as a teacher at the school and has been the principal for the past 20 years.  Naidoo was inspired by his primary school teacher and struggles as a child to pursue his dream of becoming an outstanding and well-respected teacher. 

Naidoo serves his time moulding and shaping the lives of many teachers and pupils as the principal. In an interview with the Rising Sun, the principal shared his secret to success.

“I grew up in Chatsworth and as a small boy I admired my grade one school teacher. She got me interested in studying teaching. After completing my academic schooling career, I wanted to study further and pursue my long awaited dream.  My family was not rich and we found it extremely difficult to make ends meet. But in spite of the difficulties, my father was able to get a student loan for my first year. I began studying at Springfield College and was given a bursary for my excellent results,” he said.

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The devoted principal has dedicated over 39 years to the school and has certainly left an indelible mark in the lives of his staff members and pupils.

“Over the years, the school has always been actively involved in many sporting actives to ensure that pupils excel on the field and in the classroom.  Our key focus is Maths, Science and reading. The school has received many achievements and as the principal, I want to ensure that my school and management grows to greater heights,” he said.

Naidoo has always been passionate about his teaching career and hopes that his illustrious life will inspire others who have faced difficulties to always reach for their dreams.

“All I can say is that you have to be passionate about your job and be willing to communicate with different individuals everyday. Treat children as if they are your own and help them discover their purpose in life. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my supportive colleagues for always standing by my side. Your hard work, time and love towards your passion has been the backbone of the schools success. Let’s continue to build our success together and shape our children to become better people,” he said.

Article: Candice George

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