THIS year’s National Teachers Awards has just gone by, with over 412 teachers rewarded for their hard work.
Held under the theme, ‘Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies’, the national ceremony was held at Tamale, in the Northern Region, and attended by the Vice-President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.
Even though it had received a fair amount of publicity, the Times cannot allow the event to pass without a comment.
Teachers are very important not only for the development of all who desire to read and write.
They are the professionals who develop the human resource of the country.
It is against this backdrop that we congratulate all teachers across the country, and commend them for their sacrifice in ensuring that the sons and daughters of the land are educated.
The nation owes teachers a debt of gratitude, and the institution of the teachers awards scheme is just one of the ways to thank them.
We commend the 412 teachers and schools honoured on Monday, at the ceremony held in Tamale. Significantly, the ceremony was a marked shift from the previous ones where only 89 teachers were rewarded.
Unfortunately, however, for the first time since the inception of the awards, there was no award for the Overall National Best Teacher.
What this means is that no one deserved to be crowned the best teacher in the country.
Although we believe that should not take anything away from the sacrifices and the toil of teachers to educate Ghanaians, we are disheartened that no teacher could be found across the country, to have performed so well as to be crowned the best teacher of the country.
Perhaps, this is a wake-up call for all teachers in the country that even though we appreciate and want to honour them, their performance is falling below appreciable levels.
No doubt, the inability of the organisers to nominate and award a national best teacher this year speaks volumes about the teaching profession.
We, therefore, urge all teachers to rededicate themselves to the noble profession so that come next year, a national best teacher would emerge.
Once again, we congratulate all teachers of the country.