Teachers asked to salvage image of profession

Prof.Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang(inset) launching  the awards.Photo.Ebo Gorman (1)The Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched the 22nd edition of the National Best Teacher Awards Scheme and the 2nd National Best School Awards with a call on teachers to reflect on their roles and responsibilities towards improving the image of the profession.

The event, scheduled for October 5 to coincide with the celebration of this year’s World Teachers Day, will see 72 teachers and schools, 20 retired teachers, (one male and one female from each region), 10 National Service Personnel and three foreign volunteer teachers honoured.

Speaking at the launch in Accra yesterday, Professor Naana Jane Opoku- Agyemang, the sector Minister, said the Awards Scheme was instituted to recognise dedicated and hardworking teachers and motivate others to give of their best.

“The purpose of the scheme is to award excellence, professionalism and dedication to the teaching profession for quality education delivery,” she stressed.

The Minister spoke about government’s desire to ensure an improved sector, and said it had invested a lot to enhance the skills of teachers to impact on quality, as well as improve results of students.

 

Professor Akwesi Asabere Ameyaw, Chairman of the Ghana Education Service Council stressed on the importance of teachers to the development of the country,

Saying “quality education goes beyond infrastructure. Teachers play a major role in the education of an individual”.

He, therefore, called for a concerted effort to recognise and motivate them to effectively discharge their responsibilities.

 

By Claude Nyarko Adams and Antoinette Deku

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