The Asunafo South District Best Teacher Awards ceremony for 2013 and 2014 has been held at Kukuom, with a 31- year old teacher at Asunafo District Assembly Junior High School (JHS) crowned overall Best Teacher.
In all, 137 teaching and non-teaching staff received awards out of which 5 teaching staff and 2 non-teaching staff who excelled in 2013. The awardees for 2014 were 10 outstanding head teachers, 1 supportive chief in education, 2 non-teaching staff, 90 hardworking JHS teachers, 10 discipline and communal spirit teachers, 15 teachers teaching in deprived communities,1 Best KG teacher and 1 outstanding staff.
For their prizes they received Table Top Refrigerators, Gas Cylinders, Burners, roofing sheets, Rice Cookers among others.
In an address, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Eric Opoku told the awardees that the awards were not just to commend them for their efforts but most importantly, to recognize the role of the teacher in the developmental efforts of enhancing quality education.
He underlined government's commitment towards improving the welfare of teachers and the educational infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.
Hon. Eric Opoku said the Region in the first quarter of the year witnessed 14 developmental projects in a number of Senior High Schools (SHS) at a total cost of GH₵ 7,047,025.
He added that plans were far advanced to supply 2000 dual desks to all schools in the district, construction of 2- story dormitory block for Kukuom Agric SHS, 4 bungalows and Science Laboratory for Sankore SHS, 6-unit classroom blocks at Yankye, Anum and Durowakrom.
The Regional Minister also assured the people of the district that the NDC government under President John Dramani Mahama would continue to improve upon the educational facilities and to put teachers in a better stead to discharge their duty creditably.
Speaking on the theme dubbed "Quality Education Delivery through the Dedicated Teacher" Mr Francis Antwi-Boasiko, Director in charge of Monitoring at the Regional Education Unit who represented the Regional Education Director; Dr George Adjei Henneh called on teaching and non-teaching staff to let the awards spur them on to greater height.
He also implored those who were not beneficially of the awards to give out their best so that they could be awarded in the near future and therefore cautioned them to weed out drunkenness, absenteeism and others socially reprehensible.
He noted that by 2016 all untrained teachers would be trained through Distance Learning and Sandwich Interventional Programmes.
The District Education Director Mr. Hayford Osei Kwadwo congratulated the award winners for their hard work, commitment and dedication to duty and urged all teachers and stakeholders in the educational sector to work together to raise the quality of education in the district.
He further acknowledged the critical role played by teachers in helping to shape the country's human resource through uncompromised quality education.
On the state of Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the district, Mr Osei Kwadwo announced that there had been an increased in the results from 38% in 2010 to 83% in 2013.This according to him was as a result of increased in teacher population from 911 in 2010 to 1301 in 2014.
He therefore made a strong appeal to the Regional Minister to impressed upon the Project Management Unit of the Ministry of Education to expedite actions on a 3 Storey District Educational Complex which had been approved for the district since the Directorate continued to operate in an uncompleted ICT Centre of the Assembly.
Source: ISD (Emmanuel Yaw Acheampong)