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Feature Article of Friday, 5 October 2012

Columnist: Sam, Leo R.

World Teachers' Day - October 5th

Do Teachers Count ?!!!

By Leo R. Sam

There have been many occasions in my life when I have pondered over the question: Do teachers really count? Sometimes my answer is : Definitely YES. Other times my answer is: MAY BE. What is your own answer to the question?

On this Special Day ( October 5th ) set aside as World Teachers' Day, I would like to pay special tribute to all my elementary school teachers:

Class 1 1940 Mr. Andoh

Class 2 1941 Ms. Margaret Akowuah

Class 3 1942 Ms. Elizabeth Akowuah

Standard 1 1943 Mr. Adzibeye

Standard 2 1944 Mr. Nortey

Standard 3 1945 Ms. Dora Oluronkoya

Standard 4 1946 Mr. Ampah

Standard 5 1947 Mr. Dapaah

Standard 6 1948 Mr. Andoh

Standard 7 1949 Mr. Eyeson

These dedicated professional teachers in St. Thomas School Obuasi are my heroes and heroines. " You are the wind beneath my wings" THANK YOU for the important part you played in my life.

President Obama, in his best seller: The AUDACITY of HOPE ( p. 162 ) has made an important statement, which all politicians ( especially in AFRICA )should ponder over:

" .IF WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT BUILDING A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCHOOL SYSTEM, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THE TEACHING PROFESSION SERIOUSLY."

As you read this article, I would suggest that you think of all the teachers, who have somehow influenced your life. Teachers deserve to receive their due rewards here on earth. They don't have to wait to receive their rewards in heaven as many GHANAIAN POLITICIANS PROCLAIM.

God bless the Teaching Profession all over the world especially in GHANA.

Lsam@compusmart.ab.ca Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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