AGBOR (Ika Weekly) – Two teachers from Ika land have been honoured with the 2007 Cadbury Bournvita Teachersâ€™ Award in Lagos.
The recipients, Mrs. Ejedimu Awoke Loveth of Mary mount College II, and Mrs. Peace Elike of Gbenoba Grammer school II, both in Agbor, were full of joy and gratitude to God who made all things possible.
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, Mrs. Ejedimu said the award is for twenty outstanding teachers each from the primary and secondary sectors of the country.
She said she was nominated by a former recipient of the award, Mrs. Mordi Josephine, current principal of Abavo Girlsâ€™ Secondary School, Abavo, while Mrs. Elike was nominated by Gbenoba Grammar School Authority based on their outstanding contributions not only to the academic lives of the schools, but also the spiritual, social and moral well-being of the students.
Mrs. Ejedimu was the teacher of the year 2004 in Mary mount College 2, an author and well known for her war against examination malpractices.
She said the award is an assurance that there is hope for the Nigerian educational sector since there are still people who appreciate hardwork, adding that the honour is a great motivator to them.
The award winner advised fellow teachers to put in their best in the profession, because according to her, every sincere labour will not go unrewarded.
She said examination malpractices should be frown at by all and Sundry, pointing out that students should be taught to have confidence in their ability to succeed instead of encouraging exam malpractices.
She expressed joy that Ika land produced six out of the eight Delta State recipients of the award since its inception in 2001, adding that they are looking forward to the Delta State Government responding to this great honour, because according to her, in other states, like Lagos State, recipients were given automatic promotion to the next levels because they did the state proud.
The excellent achievers will be in Lagos from 4th â€“7th November, this year for self improvement workshop organized by UNESCO.
Past recipients from Ika land include Mrs. Obika Beatrice, Mrs. Mordi Josephine Obiageli, Mrs. Uduh Patience E, and Mrs. Adagbon Appolonia