A heartfelt farewell ceremony was held in Obuasi to bid adieu to Mrs. Veronica Nti Anokye, the outgoing headmistress of Dokyiwa Community JHS, who is retiring after an illustrious 40-year career.
Mrs Nti Anokye concluded her six-year tenure as headmistress, marking the end of a dedicated service that began as a non-professional teacher at Fumso Primary School in the Adansi Asokwa district.
The colourful durbar, attended by students, both past and present, teachers, community members, and officials from the Obuasi Municipal Education Directorate, celebrated Mrs. Nti Anokye’s remarkable contributions to education.
In her media remarks during the event, she reflected on her journey, attributing her achievements to a deep love for children and a commitment to their development.
Mrs Nti Anokye emphasized the importance of perseverance and hard work in fulfilling the duties of a teacher and headmistress. She urged fellow educators to prioritize the interests and well-being of the children, underscoring the calling that teaching represents.
“I have always said that teaching is a calling. You must be ready for the challenges and strive to make the lives of students better. There are a lot of blessings in that,” she remarked.
The Municipal Director of Education, George Alfred Koomson, who served as the guest of honor, commended Mrs. Nti Anokye for her leadership qualities. He acknowledged her efforts in positioning Dokyiwa school as one of the promising institutions in the Municipality, serving as its first Headteacher.
Mr. Koomson encouraged all workers, in both the public and private sectors, to aspire to reach the pinnacle of their careers through hard work and perseverance. Additionally, he advised on the importance of planning for retirement through prudent investments.
Dennis Oteng, a teacher at Dokyiwa Community JHS, praised Mrs. Nti Anokye for her unifying leadership and credited her with fostering a collaborative environment that contributed to the school’s academic and extracurricular achievements.
Faustilove Appiah-Kanin, the Parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress, Obuasi West constituency, lauded the outgoing headmistress for her exemplary life and significant contributions to education in the Obuasi Municipality.
She urged aspiring teachers to emulate Mrs. Nti Anokye’s professionalism and dedication to the growth and development of school children.
Mrs. Veronica Nti Anokye, a mother of four and a former student of St. Monica’s Teachers Training College and the University of Education Winneba, leaves behind a legacy of excellence and commitment to education.
SOURCE: Sampson Manu/ISD/Obuasi