The quality of our teaching and our teachers, is one of the most important determinants affecting education performance. For this reason, Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga launched Teacher Appreciation Month on 1 October 2020 in Pretoria.
South Africa’s teachers are responsible for laying the foundations for the future of the country. Although the Covid-19 pandemic brought about additional and extraordinary challenges for our teachers, they have persevered professionally and efficiently, continuing with the coverage of the curriculum for the current academic year, through blended learning approaches. Teachers are currently involved in various intervention programmes at schools across the country to ensure that the Class of 2020 is adequately prepared for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations. October is annually commemorated as Teacher Appreciation Month, and the DBE will be celebrating the role and contribution of our teachers, whilst honouring those who succumbed during the Covid-19 period.
The commemoration forms part of the support programmes under the banner of the Teacher Appreciation and Support Programme (TASP), which is led by the DBE and the South African Council for Educators (SACE). TASP is supported by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC), the ETDP-SETA, Teacher Unions and School Governing Body Associations. The aim of the TASP is to support the Education 2030 Framework for Action, by developing and celebrating South African teachers throughout the year, and not only on World Teachers’ Day in October of each year. The Programme enhances the DBE’s efforts of teacher development and support, which is one of the major focus areas under the motto: “The teacher, the heartbeat of the nation”.