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13 Teachers, schools in Kumasi Metro honoured

BY: Emmanuel Baah
 Solomon Osei Kankam (in smock), Kumasi Metro Chairman, Ghana National Association of Teachers, presenting a memento and a refrigerator to Cynthia Osei-Poku who was adjudged the Best headteacher in the Kumasi Metropolis. Picture: EMMANUEL BAAH
Solomon Osei Kankam (in smock), Kumasi Metro Chairman, Ghana National Association of Teachers, presenting a memento and a refrigerator to Cynthia Osei-Poku who was adjudged the Best headteacher in the Kumasi Metropolis. Picture: EMMANUEL BAAH

The Ghana Education Service(GES) has honoured 13 distinguished basic school teachers and some schools in the Greater Kumasi Metropolis for their commitment towards enhancing quality education in the metropolis.

The awards scheme is to serve as motivation and appreciation for all teachers to continue the good work and help transform the educational system in the country.

This year’s awards, held at the Assembly Hall of the Kumasi Anglican SHS on Monday, May 23, 2022, was on the theme: “The role of stakeholders in promoting quality education”.

Awards

A science teacher at the Bantama Methodist JHS, Jonas Jnr Attah-Kyeremeh, emerged the Overall Best Teacher, taking home a brand new chest freezer as his prize.

The Best Head Teacher award went to the headteacher of the Opoku Ware M/A JHS, Cynthia Osei-Poku, who received a brand new refrigerator as her prize.

The rest include the Best Science Teacher, Francisca Frimpong of the Bantama St Anthony R/C, who also received a refrigerator.

The remaining included the Best KG Teacher, Harriet Adu Okyere (Adum Preby KG); Best Primary Teacher, Andrews Acheampong Attansah (Owhim RC Primary); the Best Teacher JHS, Myra Duku (Opoku Ware M/A JHS); and the Best Teacher SHS, Mr Martin Antwi (Opoku Ware SHS), all of whom received a brand new refrigerator each.They each received a certificate and a citation of recognition.

Awarded schools

The Opoku Ware SHS was awarded for outstanding performance in the National Science and Maths quiz, while the Opoku Ware M/A JHS was adjudged the school with the best results in 2021 BECE; the Amankwatia M/A JHS B was awarded the best preserved environment school, while the Bohyen Muslim Community School was awarded for its outstanding results in 2021 BECE.

Technological advancement

The Regional Director of Education, Mary Owusu Afriyie, said teachers must acknowledge that new knowledge was evolving and urged them not be tired in researching in order to be abreast of new methods of teaching.

“Luckily, information abounds on the internet”, she emphasised, and said “teachers must be digital literates so that they can make use of information communication and technology (ICT) in their teaching.”

Government’s commitment

The Metropolitan Chief Executive, Samuel Pyne, in a speech read on his behalf, reiterated the government’s commitment to transform the school’s curriculum to deal with the weakness in our education system.

He placed greater emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), as well as Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and urged the teachers to employ their collective collaboration in that direction.

Acknowledgment

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Ms Osei-Poku, said the recognition of teachers brought hope to them since it was the only scheme that rewarded excellence in the teaching profession.