If the results in the department of education’s tenth edition of annual National Teaching Awards (NTA) is anything to go by, the Cheetahs may just take the Currie Cup final against the Bulls tomorrow.
Four of the eight categories that form part of the NTA were won by educators from the Free State, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Malefu Mphatane, a former domestic worker and at present the principal of Meloding Secondary School in Virginia in the Free State, won the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 32 years of dedicated service to education.
The other winners from the Free State were Jeanette O’ Neill from Aurora Primary School in Welkom ( Excellence in Primary School Teaching); Fulatha Motloung from Letotolo Primary School (Excellence in Primary School Leadership) and Mafihlwase Mangwegape, from Tikwana Comprehensive School in Hoopstad (Excellence in Secondary School Leadership).
The awards were also attended by President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.
Click here for a full list of the winners.
And here for pictures from the event