By: EkwiAjide

Anambra State won four out of the twenty four 2019 President’s teachers and Schools Excellence Award. The award ceremony, which coincided with this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Abuja saw Anambra State receiving two of the five cars awarded while the other three cars were shared by three other states.

One of the cars went to Agnes Iyabo Elusakin of Oriwu Senior Model College Ikorodu, Lagos State for being the overall winner of teachers in public schools, another car went to Abiola Temitope Adebiyi of Vasity Children School, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State for being the best teacher private schools category; and Pearville School Avu, Owerri, Imo State got a school bus for being the overall winner in the private schools category.

For Anambra State, the prizes included a brand new Hyundai accent for the best school administrator, which went to Reverend Sister Veronica Onwuadi of Maria Regina Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Nnewi while Flora Azikiwe Model Secondary School, Neni received a school bus as the overall winner in public schools category.

Other prizes included the first runner up secondary school in private category which went to Mr. Arinze Izuegbunam of British Spring College Awka while Mr. Samuel Izuegbu of Community secondary School, Owerri Ezukalla clinched the second runner up in the public secondary category.

In his a keynote address, President Muhamadu Buhari, represented by the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, described the theme for the celebration as apt since it focuses on the continuous role of the teacher in impacting knowledge for human capital development.

He stated that a successful inclusive education is achievable in Nigeria through accepting, understanding, and attending to student’s differences and diversities.

President Buhari, stated that beyond being a basic right, education improves social outcomes in many spheres of life.

According to him, for individuals and families, education boosts human capital, improves economic opportunities, promotes good health and expands the ability to make effective choices while for society, it expands the economic opportunities, promotes social mobility and makes institutions function more effectively.

For the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Barrister Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, qualified teachers remain the best asset any nation can boast of in the twenty first century asserting that everything an individual knows is accountable to a teacher and as such, teachers should be appreciated by all.

The Minister also announced that the ministry is working assiduously to ensure that every teacher in Nigeria is insured by at least one million naira.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Architect Sonny Echono, said the ministry is systematically and fully committed to constant upgrading of the teaching standards and content to boost teacher quality in Nigeria in aspects such as professional knowledge, skills, values, attitude and conduct and professional membership obligations and leadership.

In an interview, the elated Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, said the victory has shown that the Anambra State government’s efforts in the education sector are not in vain.

She counted the ICT training for over ten thousand teachers in the state, bonuses, promotions, salaries as at when due among many other incentives as some of government’s efforts in the sector.

Prof Omenugha disclosed that the Obiano led administration is doing all within its powers to ensure education in the state meets with global standards so as to produce what will be termed Anambra certified teachers.

The Commissioner called on Anambra teachers who are yet to key into the Obiano educational dreams, to do so and develop themselves to meet up with the demands of the profession.

The overall winners, Reverend Sister Veronica Onwuadi and Mrs Ngozi Amako they succeeded because they have an education friendly governor Obiano, a dedicated Commissioner Omenugha and her team as well as team players in their various schools

For the first and second runner ups respectively, they excelled by making teaching and learning easier and more enjoyable thereby motivating students who hitherto had no interest in education to become interested.

The theme for this year’s world Teachers Day is Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession.

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