39-year-old Mr Eric Asomani, a teacher at Naylor Seventh Day Adventist School at Tema Community-six was on Monday crowned the Most Outstanding Teacher in the country at the National Teachers’ Day Celebration in Cape Coast., the Ghana News Agency has reported.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Integrated Science teacher with 12 years of field experience would be awarded a three-bedroom house worth GHC180,000.00 and other assorted items during the third edition of the ‘Ghana Teacher Prize’ 2020.
Mrs Gloria Anima Junior, a teacher at Aboabo No. 4 Presbyterian Primary school who was the first runner up took home a 4 by 4 double cabin Pick-Up, while Mrs Sandrah Osei of Akwatia Technical Institute was given a branded saloon car as the second runner up.
Collectively, 17 others including teaching and non-teaching staff who performed credibile in the various fields of endeavour were awarded fridges, laptops, flat screens and other assorted prizes.
This year’s Ghana Teacher Prize was celebrated on the theme “Teacher leadership in developing crisis education response”.
The award scheme is aimed to inspire teachers for high performance, restore the dignity of the protection, and retain qualified teachers and overall effectiveness in classrooms.
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan in a speech on behalf of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo commended all Ghanaian teachers for their enormous roles in training the nation’s future leaders.
Mr Kwamena Duncan in his speech said “for us to also make a success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers,” adding that “it was only a crop of well-trained-self-confident and contented teachers that can deliver the educated and skilled workforce the country required to progress”.
He noted President Nana Akufo-Addo in collaboration with the Norwegian Teacher Initiative (NTI) was developing a comprehensive teacher policy through the Ghana Teacher Taskforce.
“The project seeks the welfare, conditions of service, professional growth of teachers and other support mechanisms to enable them compete globally and significantly to “influence the way teachers are trained, live their lives, grow in the profession, and attain learning outcomes”, the Minister stated
The Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in his address said, the Akufo-Addo led government is committed to sustaining gains made in education to ensure equal, affordable and accessible education to all.
According to him, the government had prioritised the teachers’ welfare and remained committed to what he described as “Teacher First” policy in ensuring that they were central to any educational reforms, tooled, skilled and supported to deliver quality learning outcomes to support development aspirations.
“We are supporting teachers in their continued professional education by providing a special incentive by way of “professional allowances” for them, and we will continue to provide the necessary support to ensure teacher quality suitable to meet the needs and challenges of our society.”