12/03/2015 7:41 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Indian-Origin Educator Ganasen Reddy Gets Lifetime Achievement Award In South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG — An Indian-origin South African educator has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the country's annual National Teaching Awards held here.

Ganasen Reddy was felicitated by South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga.

The award is given for sustaining a high-level of achievement and commitment throughout a long teaching career by receiving results, awards and recognition over a long period of time as well as showing endurance, commitment and perseverance to the benefit of the school and the education sector in general.

Other Indian-origin teachers who were felicitated at the awards function included Silas Pillay who received the Excellence in Primary School Leadership Award; Anneline Govender, who was placed second in the category Excellence in Primary School Teaching; and Caryn Reddy who took third place in the category Excellence in Special Needs and Inclusive Teaching.

In the Inclusive Education Volunteer Supervisor category, Saseraka Naicker was named the top winner and Christopher Nair came second.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated Reddy and the other winners for their important role as teachers in developing a society, calling on all teachers to follow the example set by the award recipients.

Reddy announced that he would be sharing his prize package with the staff and pupils at the Glenhaven Secondary School in Verulam, a mainly Indian town north of Durban, where he has been the principal for the past seven years after teaching Biology for most of his 32 years as a teacher.