The Adentan Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Benjamin Angenu, has congratulated the 2016 Best Teacher, Mrs Rita Oppong, on “bringing honour to our municipality.”
He said the municipality was proud of her achievement and urged her to remain focused in doing what she loved best, which won her such an award.
Mr Angenu made the commendation when Mrs Oppong, who is also a teacher at the Sowah Din ‘2’ Memorial School in the Adentan Municipality, called on him at his office.
Mrs Oppong symbolically presented her award, which is a dummy cheque for GH¢100,000 and a prototype house, to the MCE.
Mr Angenu urged Mrs Oppong to serve as a role model and inspire other teachers, especially the younger ones, to aim high in their chosen profession.
He urged teachers to continue to work hard by training the children entrusted to them to enable them to become better and responsible leaders in the future.
The Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Angela Tena Mensah, who gave a vivid narration of the award, described how excited she was when news filtered in that the best teacher was from her district.
She congratulated Mrs Oppong on chalking up the feat and added that it was as a result of hard work, dedication and commitment to her chosen profession as a teacher.
Mrs Oppong thanked the MCE, the assembly and her headteacher for acknowledging that there was something good in her and thereby nominating her for the highest award.
Teaching outside classroom
She said teaching must not be done only in the classroom; teachers must make their presence felt in the community where they teach.
“For me, I extend teaching outside the classroom to those within my community. I train most of them to acquire skills such as bead making; tie,dye and printing.
“I train those who do not do well in Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to acquire skills so that they can get their own small-scale business to get an income,” Mrs Oppong explained.
She, therefore, advised teachers to make their lessons activity-based.
She advised schoolchildren to take their studies seriously and look up to their teachers and aspire to be useful people in the future.
Mrs Oppong, who is a Visual Art teacher, said it was “important for teachers to take the children they teach as their own and make themselves role models for their students.”
“Teachers must be able to leave their imprint in the community where they are posted,” she said, adding that co-curricular activities were equally important and advised teachers to also pay attention to them.