New national education partnership names its CEO

The recently established National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), a civil society-government partnership dedicated to intensifying reform and boosting performance in basic education, has appointed seasoned education strategist Godwin Khosa as its first chief executive officer.

Making this announcement, NECT Board Chairman Sizwe Nxasana said:  “Godwin Khosa was the obvious choice. He played a central role in the processes that led to establishment of the NECT, his passion for its work is unequalled, and he has the management skills and astonishing array of relationships that are needed to make this venture work.”

Mr Khosa is currently CEO of JET Education Services, a position that he has held since 2009. In this capacity, he has headed the NECT secretariat, which has supported the organisation pending the establishment of a full-time office.

“We would like to thank JET Education Services for the enormous role they have played in establishing the NECT and for agreeing to release Mr Khosa to head the Trust during this critical phase,” said Mr Nxasana.

A teacher by profession, Mr Khosa worked as a policy analyst and senior manager at the Centre for Education Policy Development in the 1990s before joining the Human Sciences Research Council as a research manager and proceeding to JET Education Services. There he served initially as a team leader on an education transformation programme in Limpopo and then as the organisation’s Programme Director. Mr Khosa is also a member of Council of the University of Johannesburg.

He holds a diploma and a master’s degree in Public and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand; a BA Hons in Geography from the University of South Africa and a BA Education from the University of the North.

During a transitional period between now and February 2014, Mr Khosa will wind down his responsibilities in JET Education Services while scaling up his commitments to the NECT.

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