A Visual Arts teacher at the Winneba Senior High School in the Central Region, Ebenezer Kojo Otoo Tuesday won the 2021 Ghana Teacher Prize, an award to honour the most outstanding teachers in the country.
The 44-year-old who was among 19 other teaching and non-teaching staff of the Ghana Education Service shortlisted for the prize was presented with a cheque of GH¢250,000, which is to be used to construct a three-bedroom house.
The first runner up, Reverend Sister Justinta Kwakyewaa of the Saint Francis Senior High and Technical School (SHTS) in the Birim Central in the Eastern Region took away a double-cabin pickup vehicle as her prize.
The second runner up, a teacher from the Awutu Swinton Senior High School (SHS) in the Central Region for his award was given a brand new saloon car.
This GTP ceremony was held on the theme: “Teachers Wanted: Reclaiming Teaching and Learning for Human-centred Recovery” at Sunyani with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the special guest of honour.
The Three-day event was organized from October 3 to 5 each year. The first 2 days are used for the symposium and exhibition, and the last day (world teachers’ day) is the climax and Ghana’s President is always the guest of honour.
Deputy Minister for Education, Reverend John Ntim Fordjour on behalf of the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum launched the 4th edition of the Teacher Award on August 19, 2021, at the NAGRAT Lyceum in Accra.
Speaking at the launch, Hon Ntim said the Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP) organized by the National Teaching Council is a transparent, fair and meritorious system of awarding our most outstanding teachers since 1995 is worth sustaining.
Registrar of the National Teaching Council (NTC), Dr Christian Addai Poku after a meeting with Mrs Ivy Asantewa Owusu, the Bono Regional Director of Education agreed to hold 2021 GTP in Sunyani, the Capital of Bono Region.