MTN Ghana Foundation on Wednesday awarded 20 teachers with scholarships under its ?MTN Teachers? Improvement Awards Programme?, to pursue first and second degree programmes.

MTN The maiden award worth GH? 125,000, was for the teachers to professionally improve themselves in science, mathematics and English education.

Out of the 20 selected teachers, seven would pursue courses in mathematics, seven in English and six in science programmes.

Mr Ebenezer Asante, Chief Executive Officer, MTN Ghana, speaking at the awards presentation, said the programme was put together in line with the Foundation?s desire to build the capacity of teachers in the public schools.

He said the teachers would pursue the courses at the University of Cape Coast or the University of Education, Winneba.

He said the Foundation is committed to implementing the programme for an initial five- year period.

The scholarship covered the cost of tuition, relevant reading materials, lodging and allowance for teachers.

Mr Asante said the Foundation is committed to brightening the lives of people in the communities in which they operate through their corporate social interventions.

?As part of the programme we have invested in the building of ICT centres, libraries, dormitories and classrooms,? he said.

Mr Asante expressed the hope that more female teachers would be involved in the next edition of the awards.

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, Head of the Jury, said about 204 entries was received from the 10 regions.

She said the applications were subjected to a rigorous short listing process, followed by an interview by the panel.

She said the first edition of the awards had five females and fifteen male teachers.

Emeritus Prof Ardayfio-Schandorf urged management of the Foundation to increase the number of awardees to about 50 per cent so more teachers could benefit from the support.

He expressed the hope that beneficiaries of the programme would come back equipped with higher educational skills to transform the realities of the classroom as the situation is today.

Mr Stephen Adu, Acting Deputy Director-General, Ghana Education Service, commended MTN Ghana for their efforts to improve on the skills of teachers in those subject areas.

He said the subject area of study lack quality teachers to impact on the students.

The Acting Deputy Director-General urged the awardees to seek the appropriate permission from their supervisors before leaving for school.

Source : GNA/


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