05 October 2020
Pretoria – South Africa joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Teachers Day. Minister of Basic Education, Mrs. Angie Motshekga gave a key note speech at the celebrations held at Mamelodi Teachers Center on Monday.
Speaking at the celebrations, Motshegka described teachers as “a national treasure worth celebrating every day”.
World Teachers Day is celebrated internationally on the 5th of October since 1994. The day is set aside to celebrate and appreciate teacher’s contributions and efforts.
“I extend heartfelt appreciation to all our teachers. You’re the pillar of our basic education system”
The Minister also expressed condolences to bereaved families as some teachers succumbed to COVID -19 and other ailments.
The number of newly qualified teachers significantly increased growing from 5939 in 2008 to 25 877 in 2017. The increase can be attributed to Funza Lushaka Bursary. South Africa is on track to produce sufficient teachers for the decade from 2015 to 2025. This year alone, the Funza Lushaka Bursary sponsored student teachers to the tune of R1 Billion.
South Africa, is “very proud of the calibre of all our teachers that we have in our system” said Motshegka.
“Thank you for staying, firstly in South Africa, and secondly in the public school teaching environment”