Karen Mohammed, principal of San Fernando ASJA Primary School, yesterday remembered school teacher Homaida Mohammed as a knowledgeable, well-loved woman.
Homaida Mohammed, 57, a second-year teacher, was laid to rest last Friday. She was diagnosed with a viral illness five days before her death.
Karen said, "Her aunt died and she took some time off. Then she got sick and took a week sick leave. So we didn't think it was that serious. She was never hospitalised and she died at home last Friday. Everyone at the school was shocked by her death."
She said Homaida began her teaching career 31 years ago and was the principal of an Early Childhood Care Education Centre (ECCE).
"And because of her experience with young children, she was a good infants teacher. The children loved her, but respected her at the same time. I was a junior to her in terms of experience and I turned to her for advice. She was very helpful," the principal said.
Homaida, who lived at Esperance, near San Fernando, with her ailing mother, was not married and had no children.
Karen said Homaida would be remembered for her dedication and commitment.
"She was a knowledgeable person who knew her strategies. She would be remembered for her jovial way," he said.