Business Studies, Economics and Life Orientation teacher Shaun Delight Hlatshwayo has been named one of the finalists for the 2018 National Teaching Awards.
The Nthuba High School educator in Limpopo has been teaching since 2013, shortly after he realised his true calling in education.
“I passed matric in 2005 and then I enrolled with the University of Limpopo in 2006 where I completed a BCom degree in Business Management in the year 2010. Shortly after that, I realised that my passion lied in teaching and in 2012 I went back to university and registered for a post graduate degree in education,” said Hlatshwayo.
“I started my job as an educator in 2013 and I have not looked back ever since.”
Hlatshwayo is one of the 9 finalists up for the Excellence in Secondary School Teaching award.
Speaking to Inside Education, the second-time nominee said when he learned he was a finalist the news filled him with joy and gratitude.
“I was nominated by my circuit manager at the school. We then had to go through the district and provincial presentations and once I found out I was a finalist, it made me happier because it was a dream come true,” said Hlatshwayo.
Hlatshwayo was first nominated for the national teaching awards in 2016. He took part in the district levels before his journey was cut short after coming in second position.
Hlatshwayo who describes himself as a simple and hard-working man said that he is passionate about economics and business studies.
“I love economics of which when integrated with business studies makes a lot of sense,” said Hlatshwayo.
“I believe that there must be a time where we become more than employees. And that’s what I teach my learners. I believe that young people should be strive for entrepreneurship and that they should create their own wealth and in order to do that, they’d have to understand the dynamics of the economy,” said Hlatshwayo
“These two subjects work hand in hand and we cannot live in the current world without the knowledge of the two,” said Hlatshwayo.