Teachers awarded for hard work

2015-09-02 06:00
DORCAS MOREMI, the mayor of Joe Morolong, handing Rejoice Teise, a teacher of Physical Science and Natural Science for gr.?8 to gr.?11 in Kuruman, her certificate.

DORCAS MOREMI, the mayor of Joe Morolong, handing Rejoice Teise, a teacher of Physical Science and Natural Science for gr.?8 to gr.?11 in Kuruman, her certificate.

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REJOYCE TEISE, Physical Science and Natural Science teacher of gr. 8 to gr. 11 learners in Kuruman, was among the proud students who were honoured after completing their Bachelor of Science degrees (BSC) through the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

She was even called on stage to be awarded the certificate of the most improved student through her perseverance and hard work.

This was during the Mathematics and Physical Science Teacher Development Programme Excellence Awards Ceremony where 15 of the 20 teachers who had enrolled for the programme were awarded for their performance at the Mitah Seperepere Convention Centre.

The programme was funded by South32, a demerger from BHP Billiton, who invested R10 million in the programme, where R400 000 was spent on each of the students, of whom five are reported to have dropped out along the way.

The Northern Cape Department of Education also collaborated in the programme.

But Teise could not have pulled it off on her own. It was all due to her team work that she ended up amongst the 15 teacher students who achieved their degrees through the University of KwaZulu-Natal after four years of sweat and blood.

Speaker after speaker referred to the difficult journey the teachers had to undergo to complete the programme as they had to attend contact sessions at the university during school holidays.

The team leader of the programme, Marcus Mgoboli, shared how many times they were tested during the course of the programme, but managed to motivate each other and work as a team.

“We were all tested enough, but we showed that we were determined as we also overcame the disagreements among ourselves and our principals. But we knew we had to submit our work and study at the same time,” said Mgoboli.

“We are living proof that the road might be bitter, but the fruits are sweet. We are always battling between I can’t and I will,” he continued.”

“I remember how excited we were to go to the sea during our first visit to KwaZulu-Natal. We never even got the chance to go near it due to the heavy workload,” he laughed.

He elaborated how they applauded Teise for continuing her journey with them when she had been about to give up.

The teachers are now equipped with the necessary skills, expertise and confidence to deliver accurate Mathematics and Physical Science content.

They were also given the opportunity to improve presentation and use of resources and learners’ workbook evaluation.

According to the engineering company, it is evident that some of the challenges in the South African education system, have been brought about by the number of changes in the curriculum.

Among these challenges are the number of teachers who are qualified and competent enough to implement the curriculum. Proper training can produce competent teachers that can effectively influence the quality and extent of learning.

The teachers needed to sharpen their confidence in lesson preparation and demonstrate good content knowledge of both Mathematics and Physical Science.

During her speech, Lulu Letlape, South32 vice-president of Corporate Affairs, highlighted the importance of teachers as they were the creators of the education base.

She said teachers were not valued enough and the rogramme also aimed at rectifying this

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