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27.03.2004 Regional News

Best teachers in Offinso district receive awards

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Offinso (Ash), March 27, GNA- More than 16 teachers who were adjudged the best in the Offinso district for 2003 have been honoured with awards to serve as a motivation to others.

At the primary level, Mr Robert Kofi Kumah of the Amoawi primary school was adjudged the best and he took home a 20-inch colour television while Mr Gyan Effah of the Nkenkansu Dwamena Akenten JSS, also received a colour television and a certificate for being the best teacher in the JSS category.

Mr Yaw Owusu Boateng won the award for being the best science and mathematics teacher at the basic school level while Mr Ahenkan Bawuah received the award for best science and mathematics teacher at the senior secondary school level.

They each received television sets as their prizes.

Other award winners received prizes ranging from gas cookers, cylinders, radio cassette players and ghetto blasters and certificates. Some 100 needy school pupils also benefited from special packages in the form of sets of school uniform, pens and pencils and exercise books. Mr J.Y. Oduro, the District Chief Executive, said the assembly would improve by giving out a number of support packages.

He said the assembly had already spent a total of 57 million cedis in support of 200 teacher trainees pursuing studies in the various training colleges.

Mrs Christiana A. Boateng, the District Director of Education, announced that as from this year, all primary six pupils in schools in the district would have to write a selection test before entering any JSS. Meanwhile, more circuit supervisors are to be employed so for effective monitoring, she added. Mrs Boateng said these initiatives form part of measures being instituted to help address the poor academic standards in schools in the district.

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