As part of the annual Teachers’ Day celebration, the Vice President, Dr. Bawumia, and on behalf of the President, joined colleague stakeholders in the education sector, Saturday, 5th October, to present the national awards to winners of the 2019 best Teacher prize at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
In a post on twitter, the Vice President, said, ”It is often said that, if you can read, thank a teacher. That is true. But I go further and, if you can think, thank a teacher”.
Sabina Aba Dosu of the St. Dominic’s R/C JHS at Akwatia in the Denkyembour District of the Eastern region emerged the Most Outstanding Teacher at the Ghana Teacher Prize 2019, completing a clean sweep of the awards by lady teachers.
Also winning on the day were Philippa Darko of the State Experimental School, in Kumasi who emerged the first runner-up, while Christiana K. Yeye of the Yumba Special School for the Intellectually Disabled in Tamale, Northern Region, emerged the second runner-up.
For her prize, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia presented Sabina with the model of a three-bedroom house worth GH¢180,000 donated by SIC Life.
Philippa was presented with the keys to her prize of a 4X4 pick-up vehicle while Christiana won a saloon car.
He further explained that, teachers do not only teach us to read and do sums, they inspire us, help us to explore and maximize our inabilities and talents as well as unearth the potentials in us.
Education Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said as a nation Ghana has not thanked her teachers and educational workers enough for their hard work and dedication over years, in spite of several challenges they face, however, he assured teachers that President Akufo-Addo really cares about their welfare and that government will do all it can to improve their lot.
He said education is the shortest distance between poverty and prosperity and that far more than natural resources, it is the ultimate game changer and impacts far more, for “after all the mere access to natural resources without the know how to convert it to wealth amounts to nothing.”