Hundreds of Victorian teachers, principals, school administrators and policy makers are being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families, through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program.

Teachers who have been recognised include Karen McHugh who teaches at the Daylesford Primary School.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas has congratulated all 342 staff being honoured for more than 40 years of service to Victorian education, acknowledging their dedication, hard work and persistence over many decades – and particularly their resilience and support for their school communities during the pandemic.

“These teachers and school staff members have given so many years to delivering fantastic education to Victorian students,” said Minister for Education, James Merlino. “I know all Victorians are with me when we thank them for their decades of dedication. Whether they work in the classroom or in an office supporting schools, everyone receiving recognition for their service to Victorian education has made a huge contribution to our Education State.”

While coronavirus restrictions have made it impossible to hold a ceremony to recognise the service of these long-serving staff members, recipients will receive a personalised Certificate of Recognition and a commemorative booklet.