2 September 2002

Ghana: Teachers' Role Recognised

Sekondi — THE WESTERN Regional Minister, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, has stated that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) government recognizes the teaching profession as very crucial and indispensable to the successful development of the human resources base of the country.

"It is largely the teacher who helps to mould, develop and polish the attitudes, skills and talents of today's children for tomorrow's national socio-economic development," he said.

Speaking at the inauguration of the planning committee for the National Teachers Awards which would be held in the Western Regional capital in October, this year, Hon. Aidoo said what the teacher gives now essentially would determine what the children of tomorrow will contribute to the nation.

According to him, it is as a result of the unique contribution of teachers towards the development of the country's human resource that the award scheme was instituted in 1995 to motivate hardworking and innovative teachers in the country.

"The award scheme is designed to improve the quality of teaching through assessment of teachers for awards and to reward excellence, professionalism, patriotism and dedication in the teaching profession," he said.

The Regional Minister further said the best teacher award scheme, which was initially limited to the award of a few prizes to deserving teachers, has now witnessed tremendous improvement, adding that today a dedicated teacher can win a house, saloon car, motor bikes, foreign educational trips and other valuable household items.

He also charged the planning committee, which is being chaired by Mr. M. K. Homiah, the Regional Co-ordinating Director, to bring their expertise to bear on the work of the committee.

In attendance were Ms. Lizzy Sowah, the National Co-ordinator of the Best Teacher Awards Scheme, Mr. A. A. Darimani, the Western Regional Director of Ghana Education Services (GES), Awulae Agyefi Kwame, the Omanhene of Nsei traditional area, Mr. Amissah, the regional secretary of Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), among other dignitaries.

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