Today marks World Teacher’s Day to celebrate all teachers around the globe. The day was declared to pay homage and to appreciate the selfless contributions made by teachers.
MEC for Education, Bonakele Majuba conveys his appreciation to all teachers in the province as the international community celebrates the day.
“I wish to add my voice to appreciate the significant role played by teachers towards the development of learners and society as a whole. Teachers often go an extra mile in the quest to empower learners collectively and as individuals to free society from ignorance and hopelessness as well as encouraging self-worth. Their selfless, diligent and patriotic efforts are largely displayed during the difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic. They soldiered on during very difficult circumstances and for that and many other acts of goodwill, we salute and appreciate all our teachers,” says the MEC.
Majuba adds that teachers form the integral part of nation building as the teaching profession is the mother of all professions. As society, teachers have taught us to read and write as well as instil values of responsibility, love and care above the core teachings in the various learning areas of the school curriculum.
“As a Department, we continue to work towards the improvement of the working conditions of our teachers to enable them to focus on their core responsibility. In this financial year, the Department will appoint about 3100 temporary educators to permanent positions. The Department is also at work with Grade R practitioners be appointed officially when they receive their qualifications. We will continue to work hand in glove with teacher unions and other stakeholders to create conditions that are more favourable for teachers within the Province.”
The department also makes a clarion call to communities to provide support to all teachers and to honour them by being grateful and appreciative at all times.