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Nominations open for National Teaching Awards

The Department of Basic Education is calling on all teachers in the sector to participate in the National Teaching Awards (NTA) happening later this year.

Nominations are still open to all teachers in the public schooling sector. The closing date is on July 31.

“The NTA were established in the year 2000 to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the strides made by teachers to ensure that learners are supported in order to progress from grade to grade. The NTA now enters its twenty first (21st) year of implementation.

The awards are aimed at motivating teachers to continue the selfless endeavors they make for the benefit of the country.

According to the department, this year’s edition of the NTA process will be conducted in the following recommended manner:

  • The process of nominating teachers will start at school level, and then proceed to the districts.
  • The same process will be repeated in the provinces until winners reach the final phase of the selection of winners by a national adjudication panel; and
  • The final stage will be the celebration of teachers in a national ceremony which will be hosted by the Minister of Basic Education.

In recent years the prizes have ranged from cash prizes to cars that are sponsored by the partners of the Department who have
supported this initiative.

The department also recognized the impact in the work of teachers who have now been complicated by the the coronavirus pandemic, which has disrupted the schooling sector in so many ways.

“DBE intends to conduct the 21st edition’s activities in adherence to the protocols as prescribed by the President of the Republic of South Africa,” said the department in a statement.

New categories added

The Basic Education department also confirmed that new categories have been added, these are meant to recognize individuals who have done extra-ordinary efforts made under extreme conditions.

These categories are: National Best Teacher Awards, S/Hero Award and the Learner Award. Other categories are Lifetime Achievement Award, National Learner Award, Excellence in Maths teaching, Grade R teaching, Special Needs, Primary school teaching, Secondary School Teaching etc.

How teachers can participate

All interested teachers are required to enter by obtaining a form via the Department website on www.education.gov.za.

The nomination forms, including the full list of categories are also available online.

About the NTA

The NTA were established in the year 2000 to recognize, celebrate and acknowledge the strides made by teachers to ensure that learners are supported in order to progress from grade to grade. The NTA now enters its twenty first (21st) year of implementation.

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