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National Teaching Awards

  The National Teaching Awards Scheme was conceptualised and launched in 2000 and now enters its eighteenth year of implementation. Through extensive consultation, the scheme has been refined, sharpened, as well as broadened in terms of its frame and categories. We therefore welcome you to the National Teaching Awards 2018.

The Department of Basic Education wishes to salute all schools and teachers who have entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. The Department acknowledges the extraordinary efforts made by the teachers, often in very difficult conditions. The efforts are a service to our children, most of whom come from poor communities.


The National Teaching Awards scheme is one of the ways in which the Department of Basic Education acknowledges and encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each learner as a citizen of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.



The objectives of the Ministry of Basic Education through the National Teaching Awards are to:



          Focus public attention on the positive aspects of Basic Education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession.

          Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance.

          Honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools.

          Encourage best practice in schools.

          Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly say thank you to all outstanding teams or individual teachers in schools.


Categories and Awards

The Categories are:

          Excellence in Primary School Teaching

          Excellence in Secondary School Teaching

          Excellence in Primary School Leadership

          Excellence in Secondary School Leadership

          Excellence in Grade R Teaching

          Excellence in Special Needs Teaching

          Excellence in Technology–Enhanced, Teaching and Learning Award

          Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (GET);

          Excellence in Teaching Natural Sciences (GET);

          Lifetime Achievement Award;

•          Kader Asmal Excellence Award



The Awards are:

  • District finalists

 Certificates of Excellence

  • Regional/Cluster finalists

 Certificates of Excellence

  • Provincial finalists

 Certificates of Excellence & prizes

  • National finalists

 Certificates of Excellence & prizes


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