The significant role played by teachers in shaping the character of society took centre stage during the World Teachers’ Day celebrations held at the Mamelodi Teacher Centre in Pretoria on 05 October 2020. Messages of support kept on pouring in from various education stakeholders who affirmed teachers as the backbone of the Basic Education Sector. These also included virtual messages shared by members of the Council for Education Ministers (CEMs).
MECs conferred that, although Covid-19 made it difficult for schools to operate as expected, teachers went all out to ensure that learners were orientated to acquire quality education. They also saluted teachers for having joined the DBE in the fight against the pandemic, and extended their condolences to the families of the teachers who succumbed to the virus.
Minister Angie Motshekga described all South African teachers as a national treasure worth celebrating daily. “On behalf of all Basic Education political principals, I extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our teachers. You're the pillar of our basic education system. You have worked tirelessly during our battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. I am happy to announce that all our teachers heeded the call to return to school since the lapse of the working from home arrangement as part of the country's measures to combat the spread of the virus. Sadly, some teachers have succumbed to the virus. We therefore send our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. Your loss cuts deep into our souls. Be comforted that your loved ones have run their race. Ours is to pick up the spear and soldier on. The dearly departed will continue to live amongst us in our hearts, and will surely be missed,” concluded Minister Motshekga.