The National Teaching Council has launched the Ghana Teacher Prize to award deserving teachers in the country. The award comes to replace the National Best Teacher award.
The award which seeks to motivate teachers at the pre tertiary level for their performance is aimed at retaining qualified teachers and improving their work performance and overall effectiveness in the classroom.
Speaking with ATL FM News, the board chair of the National Teaching Council and Dean of the Faculty of Educational Foundation, Professor Eric Nyarko Sampson said the Ghana Teacher Prize award has come to give the teaching profession the appropriate elevation.
“Ghana Teacher prize is just a rebranding of the National teacher award because we have the international recognition of teachers which is known as the Global teacher prize; so in order to get ours in tandem with the international community and to be in tune with the Ghana teacher prize, we needed this rebrand, so when one wins at the national level, he goes to the world level as well.”
Prof. Nyarko Sampson said nomination is now opened for individuals, members PTA and community to nominate their choice of any teacher from both private and public schools with not less than five years teaching experience.
The seven category award scheme includes Ghana’s Most Outstanding Teacher, First and Second Runners up, the Best Pre-School Teacher, Best Primary School Teacher, Best Junior High School Teacher, Best Senior High School Teacher, Best Special School Teacher and the Most HIV\AIDS Alert School. He added that after people have been nominated they will be sanctioned to a jury in conjunction with other factors.
“Criteria for selection is that there is a body of judges who will evaluate applications once people nominate or apply. First, we want to see the degree of the teacher’s achievement in the classroom and beyond. Whether the teacher employs innovative and effective instructional hours and is able to demonstrate students learning. How the teacher is able to prepare his students to be global students, since he will meet students from different cultures. Then the teacher’s achievements in his community. We will also look at how the teacher by his activities is able to make teaching attractive.”
This year’s awards ceremony which is expected to come off on the 5th of October will be preceded with a two day symposium from the 3rd to 4th of October on the theme “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.