Recognising the Heroes in our Classrooms

As a college we always seek opportunities to acknowledge and recognise the students and their achievements; however equally important are the lecturers who drive and encourage their development and achievements.

The lecturer plays a critical part in the success of the student. It is much more than just standing in front of a class teaching. Teaching is only one component of the job. The effective lecturer understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that teaching and learning takes place in the classroom.

The Norms and Standards for Educators (2000) indicates the seven roles of the teacher and this still rings true today for the lecturers in our classrooms. These seven roles are:

1. A learning mediator;
2. An interpreter and designer of learning programmes and materials;
3. A leader;
4. A scholar, researcher and lifelong learner;
5. A person who fulfils a community, citizenship and pastoral role;
6. An assessor;
7. A learning area or subject specialist.

Teachers and lecturers who inspire their students to reach their full potential fulfil all of these roles as well as additional tasks that come up in daily interactions. We need to remember that while we are all striving for a student centred learning approach, we still need the facilitator to ensure that students reach their desired outcomes and actualisation.

On 12 June 2015, False Bay TVET College (FBC) took the opportunity to recognise the achievement of lecturers at our Staff Achievement Awards “Recognising Excellence in Teaching and Learning”.

The criteria for individual lecturer acknowledgment was that the lecturer - during the 2014 academic year, semester or trimester - achieved a 100 % subject pass rate in their particular individual subject. The 100 % pass rate was one of the criteria used but we also looked at retention and the number of students in the group. There had to be a minimum retention of 90 % as well as a minimum number of students in the class for the lecturer to be recognised.

Programme awards were given across the National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) and Report 191 programmes that had certification targets exceeding the 2015 targets by 10 % or more. Retention and the size of the student cohort also played a role in the recognition of these awards.

NC(V) and Report 191 programmes results are based on a standardised national examination procedure and so we are able to have a specific quantitative base from which to award these programmes and lecturers.

The difficulty in similar recognition for Occupational programmes is that there is not a standard national exam to use as a benchmark. However creative and fair criteria have been established to recognise staff teaching in Occupational programmes as well as Support Staff who also have a huge role to play in student success.

Staff Achievement Awards Ceremony

The event was held at the Granger Bay Hotel School overlooking a sparkling blue ocean on a warm Friday afternoon.
Wonderful snacks and refreshments and the company of colleagues added to the festive atmosphere. The awards presented to lecturers and staff took the form of certificates that they could display in their classrooms or departments.

The mood amongst staff was one of excitement. The recognition received as well as the heartfelt applause from colleagues, made the recipients feel valued. There were no trophies or prizes, just an afternoon in the company of colleagues.

All people like to be acknowledged and we hope that this will strive to create an environment where we can encourage each other in ensuring that we meet the high standards that we put in place for ourselves and in that way ensure the success of our students.

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning”.

Staff recognition is about ensuring acknowledgement and inspiration.



False Bay TVET College recognised the achievements of lecturers at the Staff Achievement Awards event.