Prior to winning the first edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year Award, Mrs. Rose Obi, a Chemistry tutor at the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha, Anambra State, says she earned N15,000 for 10 years as a teacher on the payroll of the Parent Teacher Association of her school.
Her big break, according to her, came last year when she won the national award, instantly earning recognition and N1.5m. She is also to receive N1m annually from the Nigerian Breweries Plc, organiser of the award, for the next five years.
This revelation came as the Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, said the second edition of the competition would be open to qualified tutors from private schools across the country.
Speaking at a briefing in Lagos on Wednesday, Obi called on teachers in the country to apply for the award, adding that it had given her opportunities to groom other teachers.
She said, “I have had opportunities to leave the teaching profession in the last one year, but I refused. I have been teaching for 13 years and I was a PTA teacher earning N15,000 for 10 years. I am a masters’ degree holder, but I did not mind because I love teaching.
“I want to encourage teachers to register with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria and apply for the competition. A teacher should make use of anything around her as a teaching aid without necessarily waiting for the government.’’
Ekanem said the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, which initiated the Maltina Teacher of the Year Award, had impacted more than 20,000 pupils in 44 communities across the country. He added that the inclusion of teachers from private secondary schools this year would make the competition more intense.
“Collection of applications will commence today (Wednesday) and last till June. Like last year, each state champion will get N500,000. The second and first runners-up will receive trophies and an additional N750,000 and N1m respectively. The Maltina Teacher of the Year 2016 will get an additional N1m instantly plus N1m every year for the next five years,” he added.