Ms Adeola Adedunke Adefemi of Keke Senior High School, Agege, in Lagos, has emerged as the winner of the 9th edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition.
At the grand finale held in Lagos, Adefemi went away with a total cash prize of N6.5 million.
Additionally, she will be rewarded with all-expense-paid capacity development training in the UK, and the fund will also build either a fully equipped computer laboratory or a six-classroom block worth N20 million for her school in her honour.
Azuh Chike of Ezemu Girls Grammar School, Delta State, emerged as the first runner-up with a total cash prize of N1.5 million, while Adam Abdulqadir Ndi of Model Science College, Niger State, emerged as the second runner-up with a N1.25 million cash prize.
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Also, 27 other teachers who emerged as state champions from their respective states received N500,000 each.
The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, in his remarks, stated that there are growing national efforts to bring back the glory days of teachers in Nigeria.
He noted that the new national teaching policy developed by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with education stakeholders addressed the career path, remuneration, teaching standards, qualification, capacity development, and other vital issues to revitalise the teaching profession.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Jamiu Alli-Balogun, lauded Nigerian Breweries Plc for its significant contributions towards making the teaching profession an enviable one amidst the low morale.
The Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Sade Morgan, in her remarks, expressed gratitude to all valued stakeholders and partners for their immense support for the competition.
Morgan disclosed that the number of entries for this year’s edition of the competition was unprecedented, adding that it witnessed the highest number of entries ever, with a record-breaking 1,499 entries from all 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.