Faith Aku Dzakpasu, a 37-year-old female teacher at the GRETA ‘D’ Shepherd Two Basic School at Awoshie in the Ga Central Municipality has been adjudged the Most Outstanding Teacher for 2023.
For her prize, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was the guest of honour, presented Mrs Dzakpasu, a mother of two, with a prototype of a three-bedroom apartment, worth GH¢450,000, to be built at a place of her choice in any part of the country.
She was also presented with GH¢1 million worth of insurance from the State Insurance Company (SIC) and 1,000 exercise books at a colourful ceremony at the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) in Takoradi.
The first runner-up award went to Isabella Wussa-Tetteh of Sege D/A Primary School in the Greater Accra Region, while Fredous Iddi-Amin of Ogbojo Presbyterian Basic School, was the second runner-up.
For their prizes, Ms Wussa-Tetteh took home a pick-up truck, GH¢1
million worth of insurance cover from SIC and 1,000 exercise books, with Iddi-Amin taking home a brand-new saloon car, in addition to the two other prizes, the GH¢1 million insurance cover and 1,000 exercise books.
Other awards presented were the Best Junior High School Teacher, Best Primary School Teacher, Best Primary Teacher, Best Senior High, and Best Technical Teacher, among others.
Aside from the awards, a new award, Best Tutor from all the Colleges of Education, was conferred on Simon Boateng of the St Monica’s College of Education, Asante Mampong, for standing out in CoEs across the country.
His prize was a pick-up truck.
President Akufo-Addo praised teachers for their dedication and commitment towards the development of the nation through education.
The President assured all teachers who have not yet received their laptops under the One-Teacher, One-Laptop project, that everything possible would be done to ensure that they received theirs and called on the Minister of Education to do everything possible to ensure that the outstanding ones were presented to the deserving teachers.
The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, also praised the President for his commitment and interest in the development of education in the country.
He assured the President of his readiness to continue working very hard towards the attainment of the best education for the nation, since it was the driving force behind the development of every country.
The minister appealed to all stakeholders in the education sector to continue working very hard for the transformation of the country.
The Registrar of the National Teaching NTC, Dr Christian Addai-Poku, praised the partners and other institutions which played various roles to honour teachers as a way of motivating and appreciating them for their invaluable roles.
He pledged to continue working very hard to ensure that the quality of teaching in schools was improved by putting in place the right initiatives that would maintain the quality of instruction in schools.