Rita Oppong, a Pre-Vocational Skills teacher at the Soowah Din Memory 2 Junior High School in the Adentan Municipality of the Greater Accra Region has won this year’s Best Teacher Award.
For her prize, she gets a three bedroom house built at a place of her choice, a laptop computer and Gh¢100,000 to be put into a treasury bill account.
Rita Oppong is 2016 National Best teacher
Samuel Oppong, a teacher at Ghana Senior Technical School in the Western Region came second and Suleiman Inusah of the Sacred Hearts Senior High School in the Brong Ahafo placed third.
Samuel Oppong was given a pickup for his efforts whilst Suleiman Inusah was awarded a car.
In all, 43 teachers and 32 schools were awarded at the 22nd National Best Teacher Award, which was held on the theme ‘Valuing teachers, Improving their Status.’
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The awards scheme comes as Ghana joins the world to commemorate World Teachers’ Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Speaking at the event, President John Mahama who was the special Guest of Honour said the government will continue to provide support to technical and vocational training institutions.
“We are prioritizing technical vocational education and training and so currently under a special programme the development of skills for industry programme, we have selected one technical school from each region, including two polytechnics and the University of Education, Kumasi Campus for a complete and total upgrade of their facilities,” he said.
The president also expressed gratitude to the Education ministry for its aggressive efforts to stamp out teacher absenteeism in public schools.
He said unannounced visits to public schools by a resourced inspectorate board has worked in reducing the practice.