Twenty-eight (28) Tutors from 15 Colleges of Education have applied for the Best College Tutor Award under the National Teaching Council’s Ghana Teacher Prize.
The 28 applicants for the 2023 Best College Tutor Award are from 17 Colleges of Education dotted across the country. The Colleges of the applicants are Wesley College of Education – Kumasi, St. Monica’s College of Education – Kumasi, St. Teresa’s College of Education – Hohoe, Gambaga College of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Peki College of Education, Presbyterian College of Education – Akropong-Akuapem, St Ambrose College of Education – Dormaa-Akwamu, Ola College of Education – Cape Coast, Akatsi College of Education, Offinso College of Education, Holy Child College of Education – Takoradi, Enchi College of Education, St. John Bosco’s College of Education – Navrongo, Accra College of Education, SDA College of Education – Asokore and Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education.
The National Teaching Council organizes the prestigious Ghana Teacher Prize annually aimed at celebrating teachers on World Teachers’ Day which comes off on October 5 every year.
This year’s Ghana Teacher Prize is in its 5th year after rebranding from the Best Teacher Award. World Teachers Day is a day set aside globally to commemorate the adoption of a joint UNESCO and ILO recommendation on the status of the teacher. This recommendation, which was adopted in the year 1966, serves as an instrument that defines teachers’ professional responsibilities and rights to practice globally.
Ghana has since 1995 used this occasion to recognize hardworking teachers for their immeasurable contribution to the country in the form of the Ghana Teacher Prize formerly known as the Best Teacher Award.
The repackaging of this Award in 2018 has enabled Ghanaian teachers to compete favourably on the international stage.
Background to the Best College Tutor Award
During the 2022 Ghana Teacher Prize grand durbar held at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, The Honourable Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum recommended that the award scheme should be extended to teachers in the higher education sector.
The National Teaching Council, therefore, decided to extend it to Tutors of Colleges of Education.
In November 2022, a seven-member committee was inaugurated by the National Teaching Council to develop modalities that will be used for the Best College Tutor Category of the Ghana Teacher Prize. The Committee was chaired by Professor Christine Adu-Yeboah of the Institute of Education, University of Cape Coast. Other members of the Committee included the National Coordinator for Ghana Teacher Prize, a rep each from PRINCOF, CETAG, and GTEC, as well as two astute educationists.
The committee developed the selection criteria, application form, Ghana Teacher Prize screening guidelines, interview selection criteria, and Scoresheet for the Most Outstanding College of Education Tutor.
Top 5 Finalists
The National Teaching Council is expected to announce the Top 5 Finalists of the Best College Tutor Award category on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, during the launch of the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize.
The event streamed live on the National Teaching Council’s Facebook page and shared on the Teacher Education Journal Facebook page.
The prize attached to the Best College Tutor Award category is a brand new 4X4 pickup vehicle for the Most Outstanding Tutor, a cash amount of GHC100,000.00 for the First Runner-Up and GHC50,000.00 for the Second Runner-Up.
The Best College Tutor category is sponsored by Transforming Teaching, Education & Learning (T-TEL).