School principal

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Common questions about being a School Principal

What are the skills needed to work as a school principal?

Due to the great amount of work expected of a school principal and the highly sensitive nature of the job, the school principal needs to possess the following skills:

  • Leadership and administrative skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills so as to instruct in discipline
  • Must be a good listener
  • Ability to easily identify students' needs and provide the solution
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How can I know if I am being paid fairly?

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Must I head a department before I become a school principal?

Though this is not a requirement, people who are appointed as school principals are first teachers, then they move up the work scale to head a department in the school. They can then apply for and be appointed as a school principal when there is a vacancy.

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