Teachers play a very critical role in the society. Known to be patient, kind , selfless and understanding. The world yesterday 5th October 2021 marked the famous teachers day with all teachers receiving praises from all quotas.
During a celebration in Nairobi, the Teachers Service Commission unveiled a teacher’s roll of Honors to celebrate teachers who have exhibited exemplary performance in curriculum delivery and management of learning institutions. These are teachers who have gone out of their way to impact the well-being of a learner even out of class.
Teachers whose schools posted top grades in last year’s national examinations have been rewarded as the country marked the World Teacher’s Day yesterday.
Tutors who have put Kenya on the map were also rewarded as the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) rolled out the red carpet for top achievers.
Even though the TSC did not give full details of the teachers, an analysis of the merit list reveals that the tutors run primary and secondary schools that produced top results nationally in last year’s examinations.
The commission recognised 31 teachers, among them Peter Tabichi of Keriko Mixed Secondary School, who was the 2019 winner of the Global Teacher Prize.
Eric Ademba of Asumbi Girls’ School, who won the African Union Continental Teacher of the Year award in 2019, and Jane Kimiti of Othaya Girls’ Secondary, who won the African Union Continental Teacher of the Year award last year were also rewarded.
The top five performers in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations were also feted.
Kapsabet Boys’ principal Kipchumba Maiyo was the first to be rewarded after his school topped in last year’s KCSE exam. The school posted a mean score of 10.51, producing 65 As, 133 A– and 99 B+.
Kenya High principal Florah Mulatya was also rewarded. The school was number two nationally after posting a mean score of 10.30, with 53 As, 102 A– and 75 B+.
TSC also rewarded Mang’u High head teacher John Munyua, whose school was third with a mean score of 10.28. It produced 42 As, 134 A- and 106 B+.
William Mwangi of Alliance High was also rewarded. Alliance, which had the highest number of As, ranked fourth nationally. The school produced 77 As, 128 A- and 85 B.
Mary Hill Girls’ Principal Jacinter Waweru closed the top five secondary school heads rewarded by TSC.
The teachers’ employer also rewarded five primary school head teachers, revealing the confidential merit list of top schools in last year’s KCPE.
During the release of KCPE exams results, the details of tops schools were not revealed.
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said Mumo Faith Kawee of Kari-Mwailu Primary School in Kibwezi, Makueni County, emerged top with 433 marks.
Wesonga Yvette Nanzala of Chogoria Girls and Muriithi Angel Gakenia of Maseno Girls’ Boarding School tied at position two with 432 marks.
They were followed by Wanyonyi Samuel Makhanu of Nzoia Sugar Company Primary School, who scored 431 marks.
The commission’s Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia yesterday recognised Stephen Nzyoka of Utafiti Primary School in Makueni County, who received the best primary schools award.
Kathigiri Boarding School head teacher Josleen Karimi Mugambi was the second to be feted, followed by St Peters Mumias School head teacher Anne Onyancha, and Charles Kurgat of Tenwek Boarding School.
Isaac Magut of St Mathews Septonok Primary School and Jerotich Gertrude of Nandi Hills Primary School closed the merit list of top primary schools nationally.
Special needs education
The heads of top special needs education schools were also recognised. The list comprised Catherine Karanga (Thika High School for the Visually Impaired), Aggrey Warialo (Nalando Primary School for the Physically Impaired), Asli Muhamed (Wajir Special School) and Margaret Njuguna (Thika Primary School for the Visually Impaired).
Schools that produced top students in last year’s national examinations were also appreciated. They were Murang’a High, Kenya High, Nzoia Sugar Primary and Kari Mwailu Primary.
TSC also rewarded the heads of most improved schools. They included Lucas Okello (Igorera Secondary), Jason Onyango (Ndonyo Secondary), Adow Salat (Rhamu Day Secondary) and Rosebella Munzala (St Joseph Girls Kitale).
Under most improved primary schools, TSC rewarded Edward Fondo (Mnamwenga Primary), Julius Munguti (Kwa Mulungu Primary), Abdikadir Isaack Sheik (Banisa Primary), Welly Hassan (Elan Primary) and Abdi Abey Abdulahi (Malaba Primary).
Macharia said the commission will recommend some of the teachers for recognition at various levels in line with government policy.
“We are not in any way suggesting that the 31 teachers are the only remarkable teachers we have in the practice. We will keep finding more ways to ensure all our teachers feel recognised and appreciated for their work,” she said.
The theme for this year’s World Teacher’s Day is “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.” In Kenya, the celebrations took place at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).