Mchunu names KZN’s top teachers

2011-02-23 00:00

KZN MEC for Education Senzo ­Mchunu officially announced the winners in the provincial leg of the National Teachers’ Awards 2010 that will be made in Pretoria on Friday.

The awards were to have been made last year, but due to the public service strike the function was cancelled and instead took place at Maritzburg College’s Alan Paton Memorial Hall yesterday.

Mchunu said he has confidence in provincial representatives chosen for the national awards event as KZN has always done well in this ceremony.

During the function Mchunu also highlighted the department’s plans for the future. “As the Department of Education, we’ve set ourselves targets for 2011 and for the next four years.

“In the main, we want to increase to 35 518 the number of grade 12 NCS bachelor passes in 2011. We want to increase to 37 107 the pass rate in grade 12 NCS Mathematics,” he said.

The department also wants to increase to 26 947 the pass rate in grade 12 NCS physical science.

“Currently the provincial pass rates for maths and physical sciences are 47% and 50% respectively. From where we sit, this is unacceptable because we seem to be agreeing with the notion that says these are difficult subjects. We want to change this — and we will,” said Mchunu.

This is why the department has come up with a teacher development programme, specifically aimed at capacitating maths and science teachers whose schools achieved less than 60% in these subjects in 2010.

Pregason Moodley of Kharina Secondary was the only local teacher to receive an award of excellence in secondary school teaching and will be participating in the national awards.

“I believe that God dictates my life and whenever I teach I do it to serve him. In my 28 years of teaching I have always strived to deliver my best in any teaching fraternity, be it core or extra curriculum,” he said.

Soobramoney Naidoo walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award after a career in education spawning 33 years. He is the principal of Kransdraai Primary in the Sisonke district.

“My school is a rural school and it was formerly a coloured school and now it is a true South African school,” he said.

Naidoo said that when he arrived the school had no electricity or running water and there were only five prefabricated buildings.

“My challenge now is that I teach children who walk 16 km in freezing cold conditions to school. Most of them are orphans because of HIV and Aids and they now live with their grandparents,” said Naidoo.

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