Anna Mahase

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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[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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[edit]

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:


  1. ^ "The Cabildo Building". Caribbean History Archives. Blogspot. 30 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Kisson, Freddy (8 September 2007). "Born to teach". Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Problems with Entrance Exams". 
  4. ^ "ACTT". ACTT. 

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