A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others. These are the words of Mr Blessing Masau, a Support Unit Grade Seven teacher who produced satisfactory results in the 2017 Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) Grade Seven Examinations.

Mr Masau had 20 students with five units, 13 females and seven males.

This feat contributed heavily to Support Unit Primary scooping a number of awards at the 13th edition of the Commissioner General of Police’s Merit Awards held recently. This included being the school with the highest number of five units and the most improved school from 92 percent in 2016 to 97.73 percent in 2017.

Mr Masau attributed this success to extra effort and hard work that saw the students excelling in the examinations.

“I attribute the results to hard work and the internal motivation that pushed me to see where my potential as a teacher would take me, “said the thirty- four year old teacher.

He had to take the students for extra lessons and made sure that he supervised each student and kept pushing them to realise their full potential which saw his efforts bringing forth desired results.

Mr Masau who finished training for his diploma in education in March 2008 got attested in the organisation in May that same year. After pass out he was posted to Support Unit. After his training at Shamva he was posted to Support Unit Headquarters and in July 2009 he was posted to Support Unit Primary school where for two terms he had to relief teachers on leave.

“It was in 2010 I got my own class, grade three students. I pushed myself all these years and got my first grade seven class in 2014. They performed well but my breakthrough came in 2017 where my Grade Seven class performed brilliantly putting our school among the best in Harare and in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile the Commissioner General of Police, Cde Thandabantu Godwin Matanga encouraged the teachers to continue summoning the necessary strength and wisdom to go around impediments.

“The fact that you are posting such fantastic results against a backdrop of limited resources makes your achievements all the more laudable.

“I want to assure you of the organisation’s support and we shall no doubt play a key role towards the development of the school as well as addressing some of the challenges confronting you. I am confident that, with the necessary support, you will continue to ensure that academic excellence is the hallmark of our learning institutions,” said the Police Chief.

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