Phoenix teacher wins prize

2009-08-25 00:00

A DURBAN teacher won first prize in the Telkom 2009 Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year Awards.

Vinayagie Naidoo, a maths teacher at Esselen Heights Primary in Phoenix, was honoured at the weekend for being the best maths teacher in the primary school category.

The annual awards ceremony identifies exceptional educators in maths, science and technology in schools across South Africa.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga presented the awards at a glittering function at Emperors Pa­lace in Johannesburg.

“I applaud the efforts of the educators who have been recognised this evening.

“Many learners are often daunted at the prospect of studying maths, science and technology-rela­ted subjects and it is therefore imperative that we make these subjects accessible to our learners by cultivating an environment which encoura­ges interest and excitement,” she said

Motshekga said an important component in the efforts is the quality of educators and rewarding excellence in teaching.

More than 17 000 nominations were received from pupils, teachers and parents during the course of the voting process.

“We were delighted at the response from schools and communities, which proves that there are many high-calibre educators who are deserving of recognition in these fields,” said Telkom Foundation’s acting chief executive officer, Prelene Schmidt.

She said the aim of the awards is to encourage greater uptake among pupils of maths, science and technology with a view to increasing the pool of scarce skills attached to these subjects.

A key flagship project is the provision of new and effective technology through the creation of countrywide information and communication technology villages to assist the teaching and learning experience, especially in the fields of maths, science and technology.

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