From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
Women proved to be the best in Ghana when it comes to teaching, when three of them were adjudged the best in this year’s version of the Ghana Teacher Prize held at the Paa Joe Park at the University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi on Saturday.
The theme for this year’s event was; “Young Teachers – the Future of the Profession”.
Sabina Aba Dosu of the St. Dominic’s R/C JHS at Akwatia in the Denkyembour District of the Eastern Region won the Most Outstanding Teacher award.
She was presented with a cheque of GH¢180,000 to enable her acquire a three-bedroom house as her prize.
The Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, supported by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, did the ultimate winner the honours in presenting her prize.
Philippa Darko of the State Experimental School in Kumasi emerged as the first runner-up, while Christiana K. Yeye of the Yumba Special School for the Intellectually Disabled in Tamale, Northern Region, became the second runner-up.
Philippa received a 4X4 Pick-up Vehicle as her prize, while Christiana took home a saloon car.
Other winners received consolation prizes, including refrigerators, television sets, laptop computers and certificates.
Dr. Bawumia commended the gallant teachers noting that their contribution to the nation’s development went beyond the classroom.
He noted that teachers continue to strive to make life better and more dignifying for the citizenry as they inspire and encourage their students to bring out the potential in them for national development.
The Veep assured that the government is determined to pursue teacher-friendly policies in order to make life comfortable for those in the profession.
“The objective of the Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration is to promote the growth of teachers in all dimensions of the profession in accordance with international standards,” he said.
According to the Vice President, the government would focus on recruitment, education and training, welfare issues and conditions of service, to raise the status of the Ghanaian teachers for the benefit of the nation.
Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh said with education as the bedrock for a nation’s sustainable growth, government would reform and pursue educational policies that are in tandem with global standards.
The Minister said one of its key agenda is to make the Ghanaian educational system participatory, especially at the local level for improved supervision for which the District Assemblies are being empowered to take charge of educational affairs for accountability and transparency towards delivery of quality education.