ON Tuesday, the Greater Kokstad Circuit Department of Education awarded certificates and trophies to teachers at the provincial teaching awards in Durban on September 26.The teachers were awarded for competing in the cluster and provincial awards.Kokstad Junior School teacher, Jaimee Shappley entered the Excellence in Primary School Teaching category, and won. Vuyiswa Qhakaza from Kokstad Public Primary came fourth in the same category. Allissia Cherly Robin Abrahams, also from Kokstad Public Primary, entered the Excellence in Grade R Teaching category, and won. Stephanie Ogle Peterson from Kokstad College got came fourth in the Excellence in Secondary School Teaching category. Circuit manager, Cedric Mseleku said the teachers were nominated for the awards by the Department of Education to acknowledge extraordinary efforts made in difficult conditions, especially in rural schools.The awards were launched in 2000 and it is the first time that Kokstad teachers took part in the provincial awards. “The department is delighted with the performance of teachers who participated as they play a positive role in our schools,” said Mseleku.From Kokstad, 10 teachers were nominated to compete in the cluster awards, however, six pulled out of the provincial awards. Kokstad Junior School Principal, Quintin Beeton thanked DoE officials who supported Kokstad schools and teachers. “Kokstad schools are progressing well with the guidance we got from DoE officials,” said Beeton.Shappley will compete in the National Teacher’s Awards for Excellence in the Primary School Teaching category and Abrahams in the Excellence in Primary School Teaching category in December.