Maths teacher honoured with award

2015-11-04 12:39
MOKOINIHI BUTI MOTSOENENG, a teacher at the Matswathaka Intermediate School, won the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (General Education and Training) Award.  Photo: Supplied

MOKOINIHI BUTI MOTSOENENG, a teacher at the Matswathaka Intermediate School, won the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (General Education and Training) Award. Photo: Supplied

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BOHLOKONG. – The honour of receiving the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Award has been bestowed on Mokoinihi Buti Motsoeneng, a teacher at the Matswathaka Intermediate School.

The award was handed over at the national teachers awards ceremony of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Education District which was held at the Witteberg High School in Bethlehem.

Four teachers competed for the award, but Motsoeneng, who is also the president of the South African Schools Football Association in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District, was victorious.

Motsoeneng received two certificates for his hard work and dedication towards teaching.

He will represent the region at the provincial awards ceremony, which will be held soon. The date and venue for the event are yet to be confirmed.

Motsoeneng said he was overwhelmed to be named the best Mathemathics teacher in the district.

He added that this would motivate him to do more, as it was the first time that he had entered the competition.

He said he was now ready to take on the challenge of competing for the national award, with the district award having paved the way.

“I want to thank Tsietsi Nyakane, the deputy principal, and Samson Mofokeng, the head of the Mathematics department,” said Motsoeneng.

“They both played an important role in my achievement. They encouraged and persuaded me to enter the competition.”

Motsoeneng has been a teacher for the past 24 years and never thought of taking part in such competitions.

“The award came at the right time and it shows that people took notice while I was doing my job.

“I never thought I would win the award, but it is clear that those who had encouraged me to enter the contest, realised that I had potential.”

Motsoeneng also expressed his gratitude to Abie Lethoba, Bongani Tshabalala, Sentle Moloi and July Gama, who have always been there for him.

“I want people to keep a close eye on me, because I am aiming for a national award.

“I want to encourage other teachers to enter the competition.”

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