Awards recog­nise teach­ing ex­cel­lence

Western Cape’s best to reap the re­wards

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEK­END AR­GUS REPORTER

THE TOP teach­ers in the Western Cape moved from be­hind their desks into the spot­light last night, when Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Deb­bie Schäfer an­nounced their names at the an­nual Pro­vin­cial Teach­ing Awards.

A key­note event at Mu­tual Park in Pinelands, the awards are aimed at recog­nis­ing ex­cel­lence and high lev­els of pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the prov­ince’s class­room, while also pro­vid­ing the ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity with a chance to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of out­stand­ing teach­ers.

Schäfer wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to high­light the ex­cep­tional work from Western Cape teach­ers, say­ing that ex­cel­lence should al­ways be cel­e­brated – “es­pe­cially when it in­volves the teach­ing and de­vel­op­ment of our youth”.

She has spent nearly half her 30 years as a teacher at this poverty-stricken school, where she is hailed as a pas­sion­ate, ded­i­cated, con­sci­en­tious and com­mit­ted teacher who “is ever mind­ful of pupils’ men­tal and in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment needs”. She also

EX­CEL­LENCE IN TEACH­ING MATH­E­MAT­ICS: Shirley Her­man, Delville Park Pri­mary School, Pa­calts­dorp.

Hec­tor is hailed as an ex­am­ple of how “one per­son can make an im­mense dif­fer­ence to a school and com­mu­nity, ir­re­spec­tive of how poor the con­di­tions, bad the so­cio-eco­nomic cir­cum­stances, wide the cul­tural di­ver­sity, and/or seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able the cha

EX­CEL­LENCE IN PRI­MARY SCHOOL TEACH­ING: Char­nelle Hec­tor, Bel­mor Pri­mary School, Hanover Park.

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