Mrs. Nkemdilim Rose Obi, has emerged winner of the 2015 Maltina Teacher of the Year Award. She is a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher from Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Onitsha.
She is known to be her passionate desire to bring out the best in her students and help create a workforce that would redeem the image of Nigeria.
The award was created by the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund and was aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession.
The race to win the prestigious award, generated a wide interest from teachers across the country started on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Mrs Obi won for herself a whooping N1m cash prize and another N1m to be paid into her account yearly for five years on every World Teachers day. Her school (FGGC, Onitsha) would be a beneficiary of infrastructural development and projects worth N25m.
The second and third place winner, an English Languag teacher from Federal Government College, Borno, Mohammed Binta Lawan, and another Chemistry teacher from Northern Annang Commercial School, Akwa Ibom State, Daniel Sunday Udiong, went home with N750,000 each>respectively.
There was also another N500,000 cash prize set aside for each of the 19 state champions, from which the last 10 and the eventual winners were chosen.
The chairman of the panel of judges and Founder Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi, stressed the need for teachers to be regularly exposed to training.
He said but for the groups that were competent and grounded on the job, some of the findings on teachers’ competency during the screening were disappointing.
He said, “We looked at the passion they have for teaching, their general competence on their subject and a particular philosophy of teaching that they deployed to be effective with the students, their commitment to long-term goal.”
“If, indeed, Nigeria desires to solve the challenges of national progress, she must educate her citizens,and teachers are central in this. We need to continually train our teachers to be able to keep them up with the speed of the world. And teachers must be encouraged to learn how to learn.”