KINGSTON: Principal of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha Academy), Guyanese-born Mackran Singh, is to receive the National Honour of Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer (OD) on National Heroes Day, October 17, for his contribution to education in Jamaica.
The Guyanese national, now a naturalized Jamaican, received his tertiary education at the Universities of Guyana and Bordeaux in France in 1974 and 1976 respectively. In 1974, he travelled to France on a government scholarship to pursue his Masters Degree in Comparative Literature. He has also done studies in education and business administration.
Singh began teaching at the age of 17 at the Sheet Anchor Anglican All Age School in Guyana. He came to Alpha in 1983 after being recruited by then principal, Sister Bernadette Little, to teach French.
He has said that he took the job because he thought Jamaica was an excellent place to live and to work. He was appointed principal in January 2001, breaking the tradition of female principals at Alpha.
Now, with over 40 years of experience under his belt, Singh says he understands that with teaching comes an awesome opportunity to influence the lives of students; a task which demands extreme care.
The “Father of the Alpha girls”, as he is often called, is continuously trying to implement programs and strategies to foster the total development of students. With this kind of focus, his administration established a Mathematics Resource Centre in 2006 to make the subject more attractive to the girls.
Since its inception, the coordinators have been utilizing a practical and sustainable approach to teaching the subject, and the sixth form students are very much involved in the project. They use the exercise for bonding with lower school students, and it also proves how well they have grasped the mathematical concepts.