As entry closes for this year’s Maltina Teacher of the Year (MTOY), competition, organisers of the initiative, Nigerian Breweries Plc, has announced the commencement of a thorough assessment of participants by the panel of judges.
Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, who disclosed this during the meeting of the panel of juries, said that over 300 valid entries were received, compared to 176 received in 2016.
Teachers across the country will be up in battle for the third edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year, which he said attracted entries from all the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Ekanem said although hundreds of entries were received, they were shortlisted and validated by the stringent project assessors after a thorough and painstaking scrutiny ahead of the assessment by the panel of judges.
The panel of Judges, chaired by the founder, Centre for Value in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi, also includes other distinguished members of the academia and one of Nigeria’s seasoned broadcaster.
The valid entries, he explained will now be subjected to further scrutiny and thorough assessment process by the panel to pick the state champions.
“From the state champions, the best 10 entries will thereafter be invited for another round of assessment where the panel will further subject the 10 finalists to rigorous scrutiny in order to determine the Maltina Teacher of the Year for 2017. On October 12, 2017, the winners will be announced and celebrated at a grand event in Lagos,” he said.
Like last year, the 2017 MTOY winner will receive N1m instantly, plus N1m every year for the next five years. The package also includes a developmental training opportunity overseas and a block of classrooms built at the school where the winner teaches.
“It is our hope that through the MTOY initiative, we can inspire this nation to accord our teachers their deserved credit and bring back respect to the teaching profession in Nigeria,” Ekanem stated.
The MTOY initiative with prizes worth N50 million yearly is executed on the platform of NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. The Fund was established in 1994, to contribute to the development of the educational sector in the country.