THIS YEAR’S Best Teacher Award Ceremony held in Kumasi was virtually dominated by female award-winners, as they claimed all the three topmost awards.
The programme, organised under the auspices of the National Teaching Council, had more than forty teaching and non-teaching staff being honoured for their immense contributions to educational development in the country. Interestingly, female teachers swept majority of the key awards.
Sabina Dosu of St. Dominic Junior High School (JHS) at Akwatia in the Eastern Region, was adjudged the overall Best Teacher for her good works, and was presented with a 3-bedroom house worth a staggering GH¢180,000. She was almost in tears as she received her prize.
The second prize was grabbed by Philippa Darko of State Experimental School in Kumasi, and she also took home a brand new Pick-up vehicle, while the third prize went to Christiana Yeyeh Koperebarah of the Yumba Special School for the Intellectually Disabled. She was also presented a salon car.
The Vice President commended the winners for their hard work for mother Ghana and urged the others to emulate their shining example to help the state.
He charged male teachers to work harder so they are not left behind by their female colleagues.
“It has been a female affair in 2019 and I will entreat male teachers to also improve so that next year, they can also compete for top honours”, he said.
Dr. Bawumia assured that government was committed in implementing new policies and programmes to better the lives of teachers so they can deliver always.
The Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh aka ‘Napo’, said his ministry had the welfare of teachers at heart, and assured of better days for them in the future.
He said for education to improve, teachers would have a vital role to play, and noted that government would do its utmost best for teachers.
“Education is the shortest distance between poverty and promise”, he said, adding that government would work to promote education at all times.