- Cottonlands Primary School teachers chose to use their private vehicles to transport children to school
- They have also been involved in a number of programmes to help learners using their own resources and money
- Members of the community were deeply touched by the teachers’ kind gesture of transporting learners to school for free
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By Zakithi Dlamini - Freelance Journalist
Cottonlands Primary School teachers were given a round of applause for proving beyond doubt that they care about their pupils and their future. These educators provided more than lessons to children but they went an extra mile to ensure their learners’ wellbeing.
The educators used their private vehicles to ensure that pupils got to school and were not left behind in their studies. They were given thumbs-ups for their love and kindness towards their learners.
The community praised these heroes for their kind deeds as they wake up very early to leave from their homes to pick up children before the school begins. They sacrificed their time, their beauty sleep and their fuel; all out of their own pockets.
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Asanda Khuzwayo, a resident, said it is heart-warming gesture by educators to take extra care of the learners.
“If they didn’t care, they would just sit in their staff room and wait for their paycheque. They wouldn't care if the learners come to school or not. Fortunately for Cottonlands, our teachers go an extra mile to see our children succeed.
"We never heard them complain about their time or petrol. We never heard them ask for contributions towards their fuel. They expect nothing in return but good results at the end of the year. All is done with love. A round of applause to our wonderful teachers. Cottonlands is blessed,” she said.
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Oyama Tuntulwane, the principal, said their main priority is to make sure that their pupils are successful and are well taken care of.
“It is great to have such dedicated educators who put their learners first. Our teachers have also been involved in a number of programmes aimed at our pupils' wellbeing; using their own resources. Each day they strive to make sure that our learners are well taken care off. We are proud of our educators.”
Nomvelo Dlamini, a former learner said:
“Cottonlands always felt like a home because the teachers will do anything to ensure their learners’ wellbeing; no matter what’s the problem the learner is facing. They make one feel like staying in primary school for ever. Being separated from them is like leaving your biological parents. Those teachers care.”
Some of the teachers bought their cars recently but they said they don't mind transporting learners in them.
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