Lesufi applauded teachers choosing to work tirelessly for the education of children and for not being dismayed by some of the challenges they face in their place of work.
“On this day we wish to convey a message of support and appreciation to all teachers for their dedication in shaping the future of all children, and sometimes going beyond the call of duty.
“We commend educators who work tirelessly and with a passion to groom future leaders of this country.”
Lesufi said as society changes, teachers should sharpen their skills and knowledge.
“That is why the department invests in the development of educators. To that end, the Gauteng Department of Education has invested substantial sums of money to train educators to use and adapt ICT in over 300 township schools.
“All these educators have been provided laptops with the latent content so that they can be innovative.
“We are proud of what we colloquially call e-educators that were introduced in the Gauteng school environment.”
He said these are versatile educators who can easily utilise a computer to teach and contribute to the realisation of the fourth industrial revolution.”
“The department has a responsibility to continue providing necessary support to these e-educators of the future.”
Lesufi said that educators and learners should work and learn in a safe and conducive environment.
“For that reason, violence against educators should be roundly condemned, and as a department we will not hesitate to act against perpetrators.
“Educators should be assured of the department’s commitment to ensure a conducive environment for teaching and professional development,” Lesufi said.