The efforts of teachers are not going unnoticed.This was assured by the MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism in the province, Mac Jack.“We as the provincial government are confident that our teachers will continue to work hard to ensure the best possible education for our learners,” he said. Jack went to assess two primary schools, those of Hutchinson and Melton World in the Ubuntu Local Municipality, where he gave a message of support to the learners and teachers for the new school year. He engaged with the principals on issues such as learner admission, learner transport provision, staff establishment and the basic functionality of schools.Elaborating on the importance of teachers as the backbone of the education system, Jack emphasised the importance of schools being ready to function on the first day of school.“Parents should not stand back, you need to be involved in your child’s schooling and make a difference. “Wherever possible, parents should try to be actively involved in activities at school, including school governance structures,” the MEC said. According to Jack, the government will convene a National Development Plan 2030 Back to School Imbizo Week at the end of February. “It is inspired by the National Development Plan which calls for a joint national initiative to drive efforts to improve learning outcomes in schools. “Education is essential in lifting people up out of poverty and enabling them to live a better life.“We have a shared duty to ensure that schools serve the interests of the community and our children,” he said.