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GAUTENG'S top teachers were honoured at a gala event on Wednesday.
MEC for education Barbara Creecy told hundreds of principals and teachers at Birchwood Hotel in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, that the teachers who were honoured were those "whose selfless dedication to learners had created pockets of excellence in the education system.
"It is clear to me today that we are in the presence of greatness. Great teachers are the soul of an enlightened society. We entrust in you the most precious thing we know in our life - our children," she said.
Creecy said she was proud of these teachers because they did not wait for President Jacob Zuma's instruction to go back to classes and teach.
Zuma said in August: "Teachers should be in class on time teaching with the correct textbooks and with no abuse of learners. Learners should be in class on time teaching, respecting their teachers and each other and do their homework."
Ingqayizivile High School principal F Sehloho took home a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A Hall from Eureka School got an award in the Inclusive Education and Special Needs category.
Tsolo Secondary School principal L Mohapi took home an award in the Secondary School Teaching category.
A Strijdom of Hoerskool Jeugland walked away with the Secondary School Teaching award.
The Adult Basic Education Training award went to G Mahlangu from DWT Nthate Abet Centre.
Tom Newby Primary School principal J Phillips and G Modiye-Maselwa from Carter Primary School won the School leadership and Primary School Teaching categories respectively.