Sixty-seven teachers and non-teaching staff members in junior and senior high schools in the Kwahu South District in the Eastern Region have been honoured for their distinguished services and dedication.
The teachers, who were honoured for their exemplary services between 2009 and 2012, received various items such as gas cookers and cylinders, refrigerators, bicycles and rice cookers, as well as certificates of honour and recognition.
Their performance has improved the educational standards in the district, especially the performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate (BECE) in recent times.
For instance, in 2004 the district registered 59 per cent pass in the BECE, which reduced to 43 per cent the following year and gradually increasing to 54 per cent last year.
It is in this recognition that the assembly, in conjunction with the District Directorate of Education, decided to honour the teachers and some non-teaching staff of the various educational institutions.
Addressing the gathering made up of teachers and non-teaching staff, students and traditional rulers at Mpraeso at the weekend, Mr Okofo Boadi Boampong, the District Co-ordinating Director, who spoke on behalf of the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Joseph Omari, said the old adage that teachers’ rewards were in heaven was a thing of the past.
In that respect, the DCE said the assembly and other stakeholders would ensure that teachers, especially those who dedicated themselves to their chosen profession to improve the standard of education in the district would be amply rewarded.
Mr Omari, who is also the first National Co-ordinator of the Best Teacher Award Scheme, said the assembly would continue to reward the teachers, adding, “it is only in this direction that the teachers will offer their best in the classroom to academically mould pupils and students in the district”.
He advised students and pupils in the district to do away with negative tendencies that would derail their academic progress but rather study hard to become professionals who would advance the development of the district.
That, Mr Omari stated, would justify the investment being made by their parents on their education.
Miss Adriana Kandelige, the Regional Director of Education, was of the view that since quality education depended on teachers, they should always be creative and make their lessons interesting to pupils and students.
She was appreciative to the teachers’ efforts in rendering quality services to the students and pupils in the area.
Earlier, the Kwahu South District Director of Education, Mr A. A. Sowah, expressed his appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of the event, especially the DCE who, he indicated, helped to clear the backlog of the awards from 2005 to 2008 and topped it up with those from 2009 to 2012.
Nana Somua Mireku Nyampong, the Chief of Kwahu Asakraka, chaired the function and commended the teachers for doing a lot to improve education delivery in the area.