Dr Neftar Joseph stepped into retirement, recently.
Dr Neftar Joseph chose teaching as a profession to help assist her in funding her LLB Law studies through UNISA, but she was eventually bitten by the teaching bug, before she could even complete her Law degree.
Dr Joseph, who was born into a poor family in Chatsworth, never let the circumstances of her home determine who she ought to be in future. Strong-willed and determined to not be overthrown by life’s challenges, she always came out top of her class.
“During my matric year, I did three languages- English, Afrikaans and Latin. English and Latin were my strengths and I received English and Latin awards, every single year,” Dr Joseph said.
After matric, Dr Joseph pursued a degree in Law.
At 18, she had already completed half of her BA Law degree. “In the remaining two to three years of my degree, I had to keep myself busy by taking additional courses. I went on to complete an English major, additional to my Private Law and Roman Law majors,” Dr Joseph revealed.
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Being destitute at the time and in need of funds for her LLB degree, Dr Joseph turned to teaching for succour. Equipped with a law background and an English major, Dr Joseph at only 22-years-old was able to yield 18 distinctions and 12 B’s from matriculants she taught. It was at this point that her subject advisor in English, Mr HB Singh uttered to her that ‘teaching needs you’, although she was an unqualified teacher.
Although Dr Joseph was qualified to practice as an attorney, she continued to study for a qualification in teaching and went on to secure a doctorate in education. With a doctorate thesis based on school fund raising, Dr Joseph has countless successful fundraising events under her belt.
Having taught at Westham Secondary School, Howick Secondary School, Northlands Girls High School and Whetstone Primary for a decade, Dr Joseph has left noticeable foot prints.
In her forty years of teaching, Dr Joseph has bounteous highlights from her career such as receiving the 30 years long service award from the Department of Education, being a recipient of the Ammen Award for Excellence and being placed third in the Batho Pele Service Excellence award.
“I would like to thank the parents, the SGB, the community and the staff of Whestone Primary School for supporting my vision for the school. I would like to say to my teachers that when you have 40 or more children in a class, you are countable to your maker for what you do to them,” Dr Joseph said.
Having being appointed in teaching on January 26, 1979, Dr Joseph will report to Whestone Primary School for her last day of work on January 31, 2019.
With two sons, one a medical doctor and the other a chartered accountant, Dr Joseph plans to spend more time with her family, travel and assist the Department of Education in legal and educational areas.