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Teachers have the power to make or break a child's future

By unknown | Mar 09, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Mmamosadi Monareng and Ntsieni Ragadimana are helping to create a portrait of excellence.

So said the deputy director- general of the North West Education Department, Abednigo Seakamela. He was speaking at the North West leg of the Aggrey Klaaste Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year Awards competition in Mmabatho this week.

Monareng, of Khayalethu Secondary School, and Ragimana, of Thulare High School, will represent the province in the Sowetan and Telkom Foundation- sponsored teacher development programme in Johannesburg on March 22.

The department's new vision statement, a Portrait of Excellence, was described by Seakamela as verbose and convoluted. He said its title lacked punch as a slogan.

The department's vision was previously to be accountable and accessible, to render a sustainable and quality service, and to promote lifelong opportunities and self-reliance while contributing to the development of a democratic society and to economic growth, Seakamela said.

"These two teachers are honoured for being the best among the cream of the province's maths, science and technology teachers because they embody the portrait of excellence the department wants to continue to paint as we continue to better the lives of our people through quality education, training and service.

"In being parts of this portrait of excellence, you should strive to do your best in whatever grand or minor role, function or chore."

Seakamela said teachers had the power to make or break pupils through what they said and did to them.

"Any teacher who clowns around will not meet a grateful former pupil later, but an angry person who gained nothing from a teacher who might have had a chance to mould a future leader."

Dedicated, creative and inventive teachers such as Monareng, Ragimana and the other nominees and provincial finalists were ambassadors of excellence, Seakamela said.

The competition, named after Sowetan's late editor-in-chief, Aggrey Klaaste, follows his nation-building philosophy and work. It is aimed at promoting quality teaching in maths, science and technology.

Provincial winners receive R5000 and a computer.

Ragimana has also won a computer laboratory for his school and Monareng's win has earned a sophisticated science kit for her school.

The Telkom Foundation's project manager, Nkosinathi Phahlana, said the foundation would pay the membership fees of teacher-development organisations for the national finalist. National winners will be taught how to use computers at Wits.


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