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Teacher Turns Celeb After Winning Maltina Teacher Of The Year

Posted: Jun 18, 2016 at 6:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hazeez Balogun – Lagos
Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi was a quiet teacher of Mathematics and Chemistry at the Federal Government Girls Secondary School in Onitsha, Anambra State. Never in a million years did she think she would be the talk of the town, with a huge wads of cash in her pocket. To her, such life is for the lucky.
But luck did shine on her and her hard work has finally paid off. The obscure Parent Teacher Association, PTA teacher on a N17, 000 monthly salary, emerged the Maltina Teacher of the Year and received all the perks that comes with the title.
Mrs. Obi, explained that the award has elevated her to the level of a celebrity. “I never knew it would happen that way but the interesting part of it is the opportunities and the doors it has opened for me. I also have the chance to interact with my fellow teachers, organise workshops and being called to address large gathering in other to tell teachers what I am doing, in terms of classroom management and teaching methodology,” she said.
Assessing the impact of the award one year after, Obi, a master’s degree holder, whose mum was also a teacher said, “I have succeeded in shifting from a traditional method of teaching to a discussion-based methodology. The strategy brings about a synergy between what happens in the classroom and what happens in real life. It brings out analytical skills from students.
“I am following my mum’s footsteps; my mum was a teacher, and I also have passion to bring out the best from students. Give them the best training and get them prepared to enter the workforce of the country. Secondary education is very important in career development, thus my resolve to give the best to students,” she says.
This year’s edition of the Maltina Teacher of-the Year initiative was opened on Wednesday, 27th April, 2016 and the scope was extended to include privately-owned secondary schools.
The initiative with prizes worth N50 million annually, is to reward commitment and diligence to duty by exceptional teachers across the country. It is done on the platform of NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust.
Kufre Ekanem, the company’s Corporate Affairs Adviser explained that the quality of the 2015 winner gave the organisers enough impetus to believe that teachers in the nation’s public schools can match their counterparts in the private schools. “Mrs. Rose Nkemdilim Obi, the 2015 winner turned out to be a good testimony.” he said.