Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has lauded the immense contributions of Ghanaian teachers to the socio-economic development of the country.


Describing teachers as “unsung heroes,” the Vice commended the dedication and selflessness of the teaching profession over the years.


“These dedicated men and women are our unsung heroes, often working in less than ideal conditions and toiling hard, not only to impart knowledge in us, but to shape our moral code and prepare us to be responsible citizens”, he stated.


Addressing the maiden edition of the ‘Ghana Teacher Prize awards’, previously known as the  ‘National Best Teacher awards’, at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (Presec), Legon, the Vice President was full of praise for the significant role they had played in shaping every sphere of national life.


“Teachers play a pivotal role in the development of our human resource and remain key in the achievement of the overall development of the country. To teach is to inspire, to challenge, to mould, to develop thinking, to sow seeds for the future. Let me therefore, on this momentous occasion, on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, use this opportunity to salute our gallant teachers for their commitment to duty.”


The Vice President said the success of the double track system, which had ensured that, additional 180,000 JHS graduates gained access to Senior High Schools this year, would largely depend on the teachers.


“Government is aware that no matter its best intention, the double track system will not be successfully executed and produce desired results without the teacher. We have had meaningful engagements with the various teacher unions on the double track system, and in all these engagements, the interests of the teacher have been primary.


“I wish to assure our gallant teachers and their leaders that the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo is fully committed to the welfare of teachers. We are fully open to engagements with the profession on making improvements to your welfare, because we believe in the importance of the work you do in developing our human resource capacity as a nation,” Vice President Bawumia indicated.


The Vice President underscored the contributions of teachers and urged them to dedicate themselves to the cause while government worked to address their concerns.

Mr Nicolas Mawunyo Gborse, an English and History Tutor at the Bishop Herman College, Kpando, in the Volta Region was adjudged Ghana’s Most Outstanding Teacher.

He received a three-bedroom house worth GHc180,000, GHc500,000 life insurance package from SIC life and a certificate.

Ms Augusta Lartey-Young, an English Tutor at the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School, Legon, in the Greater Accra Region was the First Runner-Up and took home a 4x4 Pick-Up worth GHc130,000 and GHc300,000 life insurance package and a certificate, while Mr Owusu Antepim, a Mathematics Tutor at Nsutaman Catholic Senior High School in the Ashanti Region was the Second Runner-Up and went with a saloon car, GHc200,000 life insurance package and a certificate.

In all, 13 awards were given to teachers and non-teaching staff from the basic to the second cycle educational institutions, both public and private institutions, for their meritorious contribution to national development.

The award winners took home assorted items including refrigerators, laptops, flat screen televisions, cash prizes and certificates.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)

Created: 08 October 2018
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