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Award spurs teacher’s motivation

Written by Noluthando Mkhize
High school science teacher Siphiwe Sibanyoni (27) was one of the educators honoured at the 2016 National Teaching Awards.

High school Science teacher Siphiwe Sibanyoni.In recognition of Sibanyoni’s efforts to awaken a passion for science among his students he was named the winner of the Excellence in Natural Science Teaching Category during the awards, which is hosted annually by the Department of Education.

Sibanyoni, who teaches at Iketsetseng Senior Secondary School in Sasolburg, said hard work and determination helped earn him the award. “I am very happy to have won. It has motivated me to continue working even harder to ensure my learners enjoy science and do very well at it.”

The National Teaching Awards honour outstanding teaching in the following categories: Excellence in Primary School Teaching; Excellence in Secondary School Teaching; Excellence in Primary School Leadership; Excellence in Secondary School Leadership; Excellence in Grade R Teaching; Excellence in Special Needs Teaching; Excellence in ICT - Enhanced Teaching; and Lifetime Achievement.

Speaking during the ceremony Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said: “We acknowledge their extraordinary efforts, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions and in service to our children, many of whom come from underprivileged families and economically depressed communities.”