As the World commemorates Teachers Day, today, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has applauded teachers for their hard work and dedication.
“We would like to applaud teachers choosing to work tirelessly for the education of our children and for not being dismayed by some of the challenges they face in their place of work. Their enormous contribution is highly appreciated and we will continuously offer support where necessary,” said Lesufi on Friday.
Teachers or educators are at the core of education for their role in nurturing, educating and inspiring future leaders, professionals, artisans and workers.
“On this day we wish to convey a message of support and appreciation to all the teachers for their dedication in shaping the future of all children and sometimes going beyond the call of duty.
“We commend educators who work tirelessly and with passion to groom future leaders of this country,” said Lesufi.
While thanking teachers, Lesufi urged them to sharpen their skills and knowledge.
“To that end, the Gauteng Department of Education has invested substantial sums of money to train educators to use and adapt ICT in over 300 township-based schools. All these educators have been provided laptops with the latent content so that they can be innovative.
“We are proud of what we colloquially call e-educators that were introduced in the Gauteng school environment. These are versatile educators who can easily utilise a computer to teach and contribute towards the realisation of the fourth industrial revolution,” said Lesufi.
In light of the recent spate of violence in schools, Lesufi reiterated that educators and learners should work and learn in a safe and conducive environment.
“For that reason, violence against our educators should be roundly condemned and as a department we will not hesitate to act against perpetrators. Educators should be assured of the department’s commitment to ensure a conducive environment for teaching and professional development,” he said. - SAnews.gov.za