Retired teachers receive certificates of honour

Left Former Trafalgar High School teacher, Polly Slingers, 93, with former deputy principal of Cathkin High School, Yusuf Abrahams.

Retired teachers were honoured at a ceremony hosted by an organisation called Movement Against Illegitimate Leaders (MAIL), held at Trafalgar High School on Saturday March 11.

Spokesman Abdurahman Khan said that these teachers have all “taught during the dark days of the apartheid era with distinction and dedication”.

“To them, teaching was a calling rather than a career. To them education was more than just teaching in a classroom. Many of them were struggle stalwarts fighting for the liberation of the mind and for a just, anti-racial and a democratic society.”

The retired teachers worked at schools throughout Cape Town and many taught for more than 30 years and became community leaders in their own right.

Victor Ritchie, the former principal of Harold Cressy High School, delivered the keynote address on education, for which he received a rousing applause from the audience.

Every retired teacher received a medal and a certificate of recognition for outstanding service in education in South Africa.

The Secretary-General of MAIL, Faranaaz Simon, praised the principal of Trafalgar High School, Nadeem Hendricks, and his Grade 12 pupils, for their invaluable assistance rendered and thereby ensuring the success of the event.