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Best School/Best Teacher Awards Launched

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Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, Deputy Minister for Education, In charge of Pre-Tertiary, has launched the 2015 and the 21st Best Teachers Awards and the first ever National Best School Awards in Accra.

He noted that previously, the nation only celebrated the National Best Teachers Award, which is marked on October 5 every year, to coincide with the celebration of the World Teachers Day. This year, the Best School Awards has been initiated to motivate public basic and senior high schools who do well academically.

The reason for instituting the two award schemes was to award excellence, professionalism and the dedication of both teaching and non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service for quality education delivery.

“In our quest to motivate and recognise the work of teachers as a team in education delivery, the celebration of the Best Teachers Awards has been repackaged into the National Best School and Teachers Awards to ensure that the school as a whole is also recognised,” he said.

Mr Kyeremeh said the total number of teachers and schools to be awarded this year is 412 at the national level, 360 at the regional level and 3,312 at the district level, and called on all corporate entities to assist the Ministry with sponsorship towards the success of the award schemes.

In an effort to empower teachers for better performance, the Ministry of Education has selected 31,000 teachers from across the country to undergo training in the use of ICT for teaching.

The Ministry had also facilitated the training of 700 basic and senior high school teachers in mathematics to sharpen their skills and to make the teaching of the subject easier for students.

Hon. Kyeremeh, who is also the Chairman of the Planning Committee, said the Ministry had also trained 250 science teachers and laboratory assistants. It has also embarked on a project to distribute 30,000 laptops to teachers.

The Ministry had constituted a committee to screen teacher who have been nominated to select possible winners. Schools and teachers to be awarded at the national level would be those who had pulled through both the district and the regional levels.

He said this year’s celebration would be marked in Tamale in the Northern Regions and teachers who would be awarded would be those who ensured cleanliness as well as good teaching spirit.

The criteria for the selection of the best schools include schools which churn out good students.

The Chief Director, Mr. Enoch Cobinnah in a welcome address, acknowledged the support of Sponsors of the event that support teachers to give out their best.

He expressed the Ministry’s gratitude to the Sponsors for their support through the demonstration of their corporate social responsibilities.

 


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