The Oforikrom Municipal Education Directorate in the Ashanti Region, in collaboration with the Municipal Assembly, has honoured Mr. William Boakye Baafi, National Coordinator for the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT), and 14 other personalities in the education sector for their contributions towards the improvement of education in the area.
Mrs. Dorothy Baidoo, Municipal Director of Education, at the maiden ‘Teachers Prize 2023’, explained that, the initiative was aimed at celebrating teachers in appreciation of their commitment, dedication and hard work in uplifting the standard of education.
The categories covered classroom teachers, administration staff and non-teaching staff in the Municipality.
According to the Director, their impact and performance in the line of duty had positively transformed their children/students, and believed that, as facilitators and educational workers, they were the driving force behind the educational excellence, hence, the honours.
Mrs. Baidoo stressed that, “it’s good to appreciate those who make significant impact in the educational system on learners and their communities.
She said the awardees had gone above and beyond their core duties by encouraging their learners to strive for excellence, nurturing their talents and preparing them for success in future.
Dr. Amankrah Appiah, Ashanti Regional Director of Education, urged the teachers to be practical, let the students have some vocational and technical skills, in addition to the academics.
He stated that, education needed support from all stakeholders to deliver quality education to produce scholars or professionals to complement efforts of the government.
The awardees received flat screen televisions, fridges, citations and certificates among other items from the Education Directorate and the Assembly.
Mr. William Boakye Baafi, National Coordinator of the Association of Catholic Teachers, on behalf of the awardees, expressed their profound gratitude to the Oforikrom Municipal Assembly and the Municipal Education Directorate for the honour done them.
They advocated a five-year development and strategic plan for the Municipality to ensure excellent delivery on the part of teachers and learners.
He also appealed to the Municipal authorities to intensify educating parents on the need of educating their wards and eschew shirking their parental responsibilities.