By Felix Khanoba
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has again restated the importance of teachers in ensuring a better education system in the country.
Adamu, stated this at the inaugural ceremony of the Planning and Implementation Committee on the Selection of Awardees for the 2018 President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA) held in Abuja.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by Mr. Willie Bassey,
Director, Press and Public Relations of the education ministry, said the minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, emphasised that no education system can rise above the quality of its teachers.
“Teachers are indeed the centre of the education system and that is why the Federal Government recognizes that no education system can rise above the quality of its teachers, hence government has invested enormously in education,” the minister said.
The award, he said, would be in three broad categories namely: Best Teacher, Best School Administrator and Best School; and each category will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.
He then charged the committee that transparency and integrity were central to the assignment, adding that the ministry was expecting a well conducted and transparent selection, adding that the committee report should be submitted by 3rd September, 2018.
Earlier, the Director Education Support Services, Mrs. Justina Ibe, disclosed that the 25-member Committee was drawn from key parastatals in the education sector and has been handed an 8-point terms of reference.
She listed the terms of reference to include; development of modalities for the assessment of prospective nominees; to collect and analyse the instruments sent from the states and the FCT; to organize on-the-spot assessment of nominees and to conduct the award ceremony later in the year.
The Award is expected to be given to the deserving Awardees on the World Teachers’ Day celebration which comes up on 5th October, 2018.