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Dr. Anna Mahase is an educator and administrator. She was notably a pioneering Principal of the St. Augustine Girls' High School in Trinidad and Tobago. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Teaching Civil Service Commission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She is recognized for her service to education as well as other public and charitable organisations.


Early life and education

Mahase was born in the village of Guaico, Trinidad, to Kenneth Mahase and Anna Mahase (Sr.), who was the first Indian woman to become a teacher in 1918.

She attended the Guaico Canadian Mission (C.M.) School (Guaico Presbyterian Primary School). Her father was Headmaster and mother a senior teacher at several C.M. schools. Both were an integral part of developing early education in rural North East Trinidad.

Mahase then attended Naparima Girls' High School in San Fernando, before going on to attend Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada, where she graduated with a BSc. and BEd.

She subsequently received an Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Mount Allison University and another from the University of the West Indies.

Education and Public Service

She returned to Trinidad and Tobago and after was entrusted with Head Teacher of St. Augustine Girls High School. She was the first local woman to be given this job. Her pioneering achievements and ideas became the standard for many other Secondary Schools. During her long service she received many awards and honours.

National Awards:

  • Medal of Merit (Gold)- 1976
  • Chaconia Medal (Gold) - 1990
  • To Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago - Selected in Top 50 persons to receive in Excellence in Education and Distinguished Public Service. (2012)
  • Notable service:

  • Member of the Caribbean Examinations Council
  • Task Force for Removal of the Common Entrance Examination
  • Member of the Council of University of the West Indies
  • President of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society
  • Chairman of Trinidad and Tobago Television, NBS
  • Head Assessor Guardian Neediest Cases Fund
  • Chairman National Commission on Accreditation
  • Dr. Anna Mahase served as a Government Senator (Temporary) during the 6th Republican Parliament (2001).
  • Commissioner of Teaching Service Commission
  • Chairman of the Red Cross Carnival Committee
  • References

    Anna Mahase Wikipedia

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