Doctorate awarded posthumously to beloved teacher
VANDERBIJLPARK.- Eight months after the tragic death of Anna Lebohang (Lebo) Malapo the degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education Management was awarded to her during the April graduation ceremony of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North West University (NWU Vaal).
The late Dr Malapo passed away in July 2012. A bound copy of her doctoral dissertation as well as her official certificate of recognition was presented to her father and her three children after the ceremony.
According to Professor Elda de Waal, the late Dr Malapo’s study promotor, the determination and passion with which her former student conducted herself as a professional educator, friend and mother, should serve as motivation for others. “Today is bittersweet, since we are celebrating academic excellence and successes whilst at the same time mourning the passing of an outstanding educator,” says Professor de Waal. Dr Malapo matriculated from the Khutlo Tharo Secondary School in 1988 and in 1991 completed her Secondary Teachers Diploma (STD) at the then Sebokeng College of Education. I n 2000 she completed her Higher Education Diploma. Her teaching career started at J.E.T. Nteo Secondary School in Boipatong in 1992 (-2006). In 2001 she obtained the Hons BE degree in Education Management, Law and Systems.Confronted by her passion for education, she completed an Advanced Certificate in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2004 and a university course in Project Management at the North West University in 2007. During 2007-2008 she was a lecturer at the Sedibeng FET College and during 2009-2012 she became part of the Academic Development Centre at the University of Johannesburg.