The Ministry of Education through the National Teaching Council on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, officially launched the 2022 Ghana Teacher Prize at the Bediako Conference Hall at the GNAT Headquarters in Accra.
The launch was under the theme “the Transformation of Education begins with Teachers”.
The 2022 Ghana Teacher Prize is the 27th edition since its establishment in 1995 and the 5th since its rebranding from Best Teacher Award to Ghana Teacher Prize in 2018 to conform to global standards.
Several dignitaries from academia and corporate organizations graced the colourful ceremony which was used to outdoor the Top 23 Finalists for the 2022 Ghana Teacher Prize.
Key among the dignitaries present were the Honourable Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Honourable Deputy Minister for Education in-charge of Technical and Vocational Education, Mrs. Gifty Twum Ampofo.
Also present were heads of agencies under the Ministry of Education, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service and the Administrator of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), Dr. Richard Boadu. The leadership of the various teacher unions were also present.
The Honourable Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum in his address applauded the National Teaching Council for the organization of the Ghana Teacher Prize which is aimed at motivating teachers to create a robust education system.
“The Ghana Teacher Prize is aimed at celebrating and honouring teachers for their efforts and letting them know their efforts are being appreciated by the President and the country as a whole because without teachers, teaching and learning will not be able to go on.” the Minister said.
In his address, the Registrar of the National Teaching Council, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, acknowledged the tremendous roles teachers play in the socio-economic development of the country.
He added that the Ghana Teacher Prize is a way of motivating teachers for their selfless service to mother Ghana.
Dr. Addai-Poku announced that to acknowledge and appreciate outstanding leadership traits in Ghana’s educational sector, a new award category has been added which is ‘Teacher in Leadership’ award.
The Most Outstanding Teacher in Leadership will get a saloon car, First Runner-up gets cash prize, Second Runner-up gets cash prize.
Other major categories of the awards are the Most Outstanding Teacher who gets a 3-bedroom apartment, with the First Runner-up getting a 4×4 Pickup vehicle and the Second Runner-up also going home with a Saloon Car.
For the Non-teaching category, the Best Non-teaching Staff will be awarded with a car, First Runner-up gets cash prize and the Second Runner-up who gets cash prize.
The National Teaching Council unveiled the Top 23 Finalists for this year’s Ghana Teacher Prize. The winners of this prestigious award scheme will be announced at a National Durbar on October 05, 2022, which coincides with the World Teachers’ Day.
This year’s celebration will take place in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital. There will be a two-day symposium which will offer the platform for short-listed awardees to showcase their groundbreaking experiences before the national durbar. It also offers the platform to discuss topical education issues.