FS MEC of Education Tate Makgoe honours best teachers

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THANDI XABA

Free State MEC of Education Tate Makgoe celebrated the teaching profession by honouring hard-working educators in the province last night at Ilanga Estate in Bloemfontein during the 2014 National Teaching Awards (NTA).

The aim of the awards now in their 14th year is to recognise and encourage excellence in education.

"Teachers are soldiers on the ground who want to make the difference and all of us here have a teacher who has inspired us to be who we are," says Makgoe.

Under the theme ‘Strengthening teaching as a profession’ Professor of Science Education at the University of the Free State, Loyiso Jita was the guest speaker.

The prizes for the ten winners incldued Laptops, LED big screen TVs, camers, cellphones and R2000 prize money. One of the ten awards which is the Excellence in Primary School teaching was awarded to Bloemfontein Nicola Smit who teaches at Batho Primary School. She says the best thing for a teacher is to involve learners in more activities and expose them to new ways of learning through play and fun activities.

The Lifetime Achievement award went to Leepile Mompati, principal of Albert Moroka High School in Thaba Nchu.