Chinese school deputy principal

The man himselg Ndumiso Mpanza. Image: Meneer Siyabonga Siyacrew /Facebook

Chinese school appoints SA teacher as deputy principal

A Chinese school has appointed Ndumiso Mpanza, 28, as a deputy principal. “Once they hire us, they give us high salaries,” he said.

Chinese school deputy principal

The man himselg Ndumiso Mpanza. Image: Meneer Siyabonga Siyacrew /Facebook

Mzansi’s Ndumiso Mpanza is leading a Chinese school as its deputy principal. The 28-year-old was appointed at Interlingua School in Guizhou province, where he is also a shareholder.

But wait to hear what he has to say about our own school system…


Despite the giant Asian nation’s high world rankings in science and reading, the KwaZulu Natal educator is fully convinced South Africa’s education system deservess more credit than the existing criticism.

Yep, Mpanza believes Mzansi’s schooling system is one of the best in the world.

“If I had to compare the SA system to the rest of the world, not just China but Europe, other parts of Asia and America, the SA system is by far one of the finest in the world,” he told TimesLIVE soon after his Chinese school appointment as deputy principal.

The 28-year-old added to say the local setback lies in lenient pass mark expectations.

“The challenge is that we need to be stricter on things such as the pass mark and implementation. However, the moment you read basic education minister Angie Motshekga’s white paper on education you get to understand her vision and where she wants to take the education system.

“If the education system was as bad as people make it seem, why do first world countries want to employ teachers from SA? If we had a messy and unprofessional system, they would definitely not want to hire us. Once they hire us, they give us high salaries,” said Mpanza.


We all probably know of one or two people from our circles who moved to teach in China. But how exactly did Mpanza make his moves?

It all started when he qualified as a teacher from the University of Pretoria and after brief stints as a waiter and restaurant manager in Durban’s Ballito.

“I wanted a new challenge and growth of the mind. I saw an advert that the Chinese were recruiting teachers and I got onto my application.

“Within a week, I had my interview. Within three days I had a contract and I signed. Next was getting the paperwork sorted. Within the third week, I was getting ready to leave the country and I resigned with immediate effect from my job,” said Mpanza.

According to the report, the appointment as a Chinese school deputy principal followed after he taught for two years. This period included the prestigious award as the best international teacher expert of the year award after he achieved a 100% pass rate in biology.

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