The ZF Mgcawu District office in the Northern Cape is proud to have scooped three awards during this year’s national Education Excellence Awards ceremony in Pretoria on 6 April. The district received the award for the best performing district in Mathematics and Physical Sciences and also obtained the third position award for the implementation of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).The third award was for one of the schools in the district, the Soverby Primary School in Keimoes, being awarded as the second best school in the outstanding implementation of the NSNP. Awarded by the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, it acknowledged and recognised the contribution of education districts. These district awards are aimed at complementing the National Teaching Awards and the NSNP Awards. It also celebrates district excellence in areas focused on improving the quality of learning outcomes.The 2018 Education Excellence Awards ceremony brought together different awards and the consolidation of the awards has seen an introduction of new categories of recognition. The department has been recognising and celebrating districts that have shown consistent improvement or maintained excellent performance across all levels of the system since the first awards ceremony was held in April 2014.The categories for the District Excellence Awards are overall top performing district, top performing district in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination, most improved district, top performing ordinary public school (quintile 1 to 5) and top performing Learners with Special Educational Needs school.Geoffrey van der Merwe, Education’s spokesperson, hailed the district offices as yielding positive results in schools through the different programmes.“We will continue to pursue excellence in education to further improve the quality of education in all our schools across the province,” Van der Merwe said.“We congratulate the ZF Mgcawu District office under the leadership of Gordon March, the dedicated staff and all schools for their commitment towards the future of learners. We are confident that other districts will follow and translate into an overall improvement in the academic performance across all grades,” Van der Merwe said.