Victor Ritchie received an honorary degree in education. He played a principled role as an educator and leader who successfully resisted the imposition of racially segregated and inferior education during the apartheid era.
A UCT alumnus he began a teaching career of 33 years at Harold Cressy High School where he and his colleagues promoted principles, values and educational practices that were critical in establishing the school as a 'professional learning centre'. He was formally appointed principal in 1969.Under his leadership, Harold Cressy High School became a premier high school for people of colour, and an outstanding school overall. It also became one of the most important feeder schools to UCT.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.