Kazi Siddique Haseeb, principal of Al Hasa Modern International School in Ahsa, Saudi Arabia was conferred the Best Teacher Award by the government of India, and President Pranab Mukherjee presented him the award in a ceremony held in Delhi recently, to commemorate National Teachers’ Day.
According to a statement from the Human Resources Development ministry Haseeb received the award in recognition of his valuable contribution in the field of education over the last 28 years. He is the only one from the Gulf region to receive the award that comprises a certificate of commendation, Rs.50,000 cash, and a silver medal. He was also selected by the Central Board of Secondary Education, as mentor for four other schools in Saudi Arabia.
Haseeb had also received the Best Teacher Award in 2012, and the Best Mentor Award from the Indian government in 2013.
Instituted in 1958 the national award is given by the President of India every year on Teacher’s Day, September 3. There are a total of 374 awards of which 20 are reserved for Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic teachers.