Best Teacher Award Goes To Western Region
Simon Jude Yifaa, a 32-year-old teacher at the Nana Amoakwa Model School in the Western Region was on Saturday crowned this year’s National Best Teacher at a ceremony in Wa.
For his prize, Mr. Yifaa took home a cheque for GHâ‚µ65,000, a three-bedroom house, a laptop, as well as a computer and accessories for his school.
Mr. Yahaya Tia of the Tamale Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) in the Northern Region and Mariama Antwi-Adjei of the Ashanti School for the Deaf in the Ashanti Region were adjudged the first and second runners up respectively.
For their prizes, they each took away a saloon car, a laptop and a computer with accessories for their schools.
In all, 85 people comprising three overall winners, 36 category winners, three foreign volunteers, 10 National Service persons, 30 retired teachers from the host region and districts and three HIV/AIDS Alert Model Schools were honoured for their various contributions to the enhancement of education in the country.
Presenting the award to the overall best teacher, Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur acknowledged the critical role played by teachers in helping to shape the country’s human resource through uncompromised quality education.
The Vice President on behalf of government, therefore, saluted all teachers on the occasion of the World Teachers Day and the 19th edition of the National Best Teacher Awards for their efforts in developing the nation’s human resource.
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said government would continue to resource teachers to work in a congenial and supportive environment to assist in the provision of quality education for children in the country.
He announced that the Ministry of Education had been tasked to
undertake a review of the current form of the Best Teacher Award Scheme with a view to improving the style of celebrating the Teachers Day in future.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for Education, said the role and significance of teachers in education delivery was recognized not only in Ghana, but globally, hence the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day on the 5th of October every year.
She said the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘A call for Teachers: Teachers Take the Lead for Quality Education’, was to remind teachers that they needed to be seen as agents of change.
The Education Minister called on teachers and unions to join efforts and become active agents in the development of a framework of fundamental principles related to competencies required by teachers in the 21st century.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said she was waiting for proposals and thoughts on the matter from the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) who function at the tertiary levels.
Dr. Ephraim Avea Nsoh, the Upper West Regional Minister thanked the National Best Teacher Award Planning Committee for deeming it fit to choose the region as venue for the 19th edition of the National Best Teacher Awards.
GNAT On Teachers Plight
Meanwhile, the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) says it is strange that teachers who play the lead role in delivering quality education are made to suffer economic hardships.
Samuel Doe Alobuia, Acting President of GNAT, who made this known in Wa during the World Teachers’ Day Celebration said the manifestation of this trend was an attempt by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to scrap the allowances of teacher trainees.
He said doing away with the allowances would not motivate quality education and increase the enrolment of trainees.
Mr Doe Alobuia said if the country appreciates the worth of education, then policies affecting the sector should be painstakingly formulated and implemented.
He noted that it was sacrificial enough that teachers who opt to teach at the basic level do so under precarious conditions in the numerous deprived communities.
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