Dedication to education saluted


The Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, saluted teachers in the province for their dedication to education. The Provincial Department of Education held its 60th provincial teaching awards in Bloemfontein to honour all the teachers who have done exceptionally well during the course of the year. Teachers from all the five districts in the province attended in large numbers.
“Most of our teachers in the province have gone beyond the call of duty to educate our children. They have shown dedication, diligence and passion in their education profession. Teachers in some of the schools that were not performing well, had to put in extra effort and time to ensure that learners’ performance improved,” said the Departmental Spokesperson, Howard Ndaba.
Ndaba alluded that it is imperative to recognise the work that teachers do and the role they play in society. He said the provincial Department of Education takes pride in the work done by teachers and assures the public that it will always improve the quality of learning in the province.
The Vaal University of Technology’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kuzvinetsa Dzvimbo, also delivered a keynote address in honour of the work that teachers do. It was alluded that although teachers throughout the country sometimes face numerous structural and curriculum challenges, they always show commitment to moving the nation forward through teaching.
Winners of the 60th provincial teaching awards are going to represent the province at the National Teachers’ Awards to be held next year. Among those who have won are winners in the category of excellence in primary and secondary school teaching, Grade R teaching, leadership, special needs and inclusive teaching, as well as in subjects such as physics and maths. Exceptional Lifetime Achievement Awards have been awarded to teachers who served more than 30 years in the education department. – Katleho Morapela