Three Western Cape teachers have won accolades at the 20th National Teaching Awards in Pretoria.

Michelle Swart from Hermanus Pre-Primary won an award for Excellence in Grade R Teaching while Landeka Diamond, of Westlake Primary School, won the award for Excellence in Primary School Leadership and Wendy Horn from Protea Heights Academy won an award for Excellence in Secondary School Leadership.

Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schafer, says the province is very proud of their achievements.

The awards are the department of basic education’s way to acknowledge deserving teachers.

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu says society needs to reflect on the importance of the teaching profession as it often fails to get the credit it deserves. Mthembu says despite the difficult working conditions these teachers work under, they continue to do their best.