Teachers the heartbeat of the nation

motshegkaBy – SAnews.gov.za 

Pretoria – The Department of Basic Education hopes the first Annual Teachers Indaba, kicking off this morning, will help improve the morale of teachers.

The Indaba, hosted by Minister Angie Motshekga, will also see the launch of the Teacher Appreciation and Support Programme (TASP).

“From 2015 onward the recognition of teachers will be wider, holistic, and year-long and includes areas that affect teachers as people and professionals,” said the department.

It is also hoped that this programme will help attract qualified teachers and to positively affect productivity and efficiency amongst the other objectives.

In celebrating the teachers for their important role of shaping the minds and futures of South Africa’s past, present and future generations, TASP according to the department, will focus on celebrating teachers every day culminating in a seminar at the end of October, the month in which World Teachers Day will be celebrated.

World Teachers’ Day is an annual event, which is commemorated internationally on 5 October.