Society / Education
Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 07:36 EAT
The Teachers' Service Commission has awarded the best teacher for the year 2016. The TSC chairperson Prof. Lydia Nzomo praised the work done by the teachers and urged them to be innovative as they impart skills to the learners. She called upon teachers unions, Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) to work together towards improving the working conditions for the teachers.
On his part, KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori noted that teachers in Kenya are undermined and undervalued. He urged the TSC to initiate capacity building training for teachers. “Teachers need to be empowered and valued. This can only be achieved by paying them well and enhancing capacity building sessions,’’ Misori said.
He added that by next year, Kenya should have employed at least 90,000 more teachers to curb the current deficit and improve the quality of education. “The shortage of teachers in Kenya is alarming. The 17000 teachers that TSC is planning to employ is just a drop in the ocean,” Misori added.
The award labeled ‘TOYA-POYA’ award saw the best principal of the year and best teacher of the year awarded. Mr Solomon Ayabei Koech, principal of Emining Boys High School, emerged as the best principal of the year while Madam Lucy Mugo of Karatina Girls emerged as the best teacher.
The late Sala Fara, a teacher in Mandera who was shot and fatally wounded as he was protecting non-Muslims who had boarded the bus from Nairobi to Mandera after an attack by terrorists, was awarded posthumously. His widow, Dunia Muhammed Ahmed, was handed Sh500,000 for her upkeep. The teacher had died while undergoing treatment.
Among other teachers who were feted were: Alloise Mwaisakenyi of Dr Aggrey High School in Taita, Esther Mumbi Nzomo of Kasikeu Girls in Makueni, Roseline Nasiebanda of St Josephs Boys Kitale and Ayub Mohamud of Eastleigh High School for being the Global Teacher Finalist 2016.
The writer is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press